Last sunday I was in heaven :-) No not really but close, at least photographer's heaven. I woke up 4am in the morning and drove 3 hours to the german alps not knowing if the sky would clear up a bit for sunrise and let in some magic light. The last days it had been just rain and grey skies. But I just had to go and give it a try. After all it was the first time since weeks I really had a complete day for photography.
So I needed a good location which I found on google earth. It's just fantastic what google earth combined with some photos you find on flickr or other photography networks provides in case of scouting. I could literally see the mountains with the river sweeping in on my pc and could compare it with a photo from that area I had found in the internet, with just a rough outline of where it was taken. So google earth gave me the spot to shoot from.
I arrived 7am and the show was already starting. What the heck, one hour before sunrise, I haven't seen such a dawn display for a long long time. The colors in the sky were fantastic, constantly changing and the shot you see above is the last one I took that morning.
I'm glad I didn't screw it, since it was the first real shooting with my new 5D mark ii. Manual focusing needs to be on the right spot and I had just done basic tests beforehand. But it seems I got it right and so I can show you a winterly image from the Staffelsee in the german alps.
some Tech: Hoya HD Polarizer, Lee 0.6 soft GND, Lee 0.6 hard GND + 2 exposures blended