I’ve been driving Hwy 5a since I was 16 years old and living in Merritt.  To say I’ve gone by this particular scene at least a couple of hundred times would not be an exaggeration; and yet this was the first time that I’d actually planned a shoot here at a critical time of day.  It really goes to show that when we live in a particular environment it’s easy to take it for granted…what a dumbass I’ve been 🙂

The drive from my home takes about 2o minutes, however you probably wouldn’t make the trip at all before daybreak if you weren’t extremely careful regarding our large eared friends, the Mule Deer.  There are fields of lush grasses and alfalfa growing on the eastern side of the highway when you get to the valley floor and they move constantly back and forth to feed.  Especially at this time of year when they’re trying to pack on the calories.  You’d be hard pressed not to see at least 10 in the fields or on the side of the highway on any given trip.  Luckily I was able to avoid any ill fated collisions on this day.

It took me about 15 minutes to find my vantage and figure out exactly where the sun would be playing it’s light off the clouds.  I knew the high pressure was moving in but I thought it would clear too late for any significant colour.  At the very last moment I was lucky enough to get the light on the clouds while still giving me the sunrise tones I was hoping for.

A hard grad filter and a 4 stop solid took care of the exposures and gave me a bit of movement in the clouds for some interest during the 20 second exposure.  I’ll be revisiting this place again when the snow flies…stay tuned!

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