Dawn over the prairies

Dawn down the road - 2013 © Christopher Martin

On the weekend, I found myself on a hill overlooking the farm fields south of Cochrane waiting for the morning to arrive.  I had went out at 4 in the morning looking for the Northern Lights but they eluded me.  This time of the year dawn comes early and by 4:30 there was already a bright line on the horizon to the east.  I enjoyed listening to the birds waking up as I sat beside this gravel road hoping for a nice sunrise.  As the sun prepared to rise, this wonderful cloud caught the early light and met all expectations that I brought to the day.

Sky light - 2013 © Christopher Martin

A few minutes later, the cloud hanging above the farmland took over the show.  The colours and textures were brilliant.  Dawn comes early but I’m rarely disappointed when I do force myself to roll out of bed and get out to enjoy it.

Moonset over the Rocky Mountains - 2013 © Christopher Martin

While the sun and the cloud were performing magic, the moon was full and glowing above the Rocky Mountains.  I’m glad I had a look behind me while I was changing lenses as the view to the west was on equal terms with its eastern counterpart.

6 responses

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  2. simply beautiful. 🙂

    June 2, 2013 at 7:08 pm

  3. I can just hear music, those angels and trumpets. Awesome!

    May 28, 2013 at 8:22 pm

  4. gangel77

    Awesome shots 🙂 What settings did you use to capture both the sky and the foreground well?

    May 28, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    • Hi G.S.,

      I used a 2 stop graduated filter (hard) to bring the prairie and the sky within the dynamic range of the camera. The dark part of the filter was over the sky while the clear part was over the landscape.

      Settings were f/16, 0.5 seconds at ISO 100 at 28mm on a full frame dSLR (Canon 5DIII).

      Cheers,

      Chris

      May 28, 2013 at 4:02 pm

  5. Reblogged this on bearspawprint.

    May 28, 2013 at 3:40 pm

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