“You may well find that the best preparation for a photographic outing, is to deliberately go unprepared.” Guy Tal
I have to admit that I find it sort of difficult to fully take that advice as I check the weather and the sunrise, sunset, moon rise and set times as well as the tracks in the areas where I know that I am going to photograph. Rather than being totally unprepared I try to remain open to what ever opportunities come along especially if they are not what I originally had left the house hoping to find.
Such was the case this morning. I actually left last night about 11:30PM and drove to the top of Old Mckenzie Pass with the idea of shooting the stars over the 3-Sisters. I knew that Friday night/Saturday morning was the dark of the moon. I had hopes for a really good shot of the Milky Way over the mountains. It was about as dark as it gets out there and the stars just filled the sky. I need more practice when shooting at night. Enough said! The shot below was taken from the top of the pass at about 0300 hours.
I drove down the road a bit and looked north hoping to frame a shot over the adjacent peaks. This image has Mt. Washington and 3-Fingered Jack in the distance and was taken about 30 minutes later. Be sure to click on the image for a larger view.
Knowing of a good location in the hills south of the town of Sisters I drove there hoping to catch sunrise light on the mountains. Not too good on the Sisters themselves but Broken Top caught the light just right and the contrast with the fire killed stands below really worked for me.
As I headed down the road with the goal of fresh coffee and bakery goods (great job Elaine) in Sisters I slowly drove by the fire killed brush along the road side. The pattern in the fire hardened branches just captured my attention and I think turned into my favorite shot of the outing. I think of this as an intimate abstract. Much better as a larger image. As always comments are welcome.