After finding a location to spend the evening car camping out of the SUV, I also take a look at the surrounding scene to guesstimate the view I could wake up to. It could be mountains that capture the first light or a vast expanse of landscape I would like to see first.
This view was also the same direction I planned to shoot the Milky Way in the evening. What I did not expect was the view at 5:00am. Granted I was not actually expect to be awake at this early hour as shooting the Milky Way kept me awake until 1:00am. Yet at 4:30 or so, I awoke for no particular reason to see the crescent moon and a planet rise over the mountains. That was not enough to get out of the sleeping bag, but the increasing color of the sunset on the clouds and reflection 30 minutes later was.
Shooting Notes: This composition is a 6-image landscape-oriented panorama. The initial photographs taken of this scene were more preferable with the crescent moon using a slightly wider-angle composition. Unfortunately I did not reset the camera’s settings and took the images using ISO5000, resulting in more grain/noise in the images than I liked. After discovering the mistake, I reset the ISO, and recomposed to omit the moon as it was already higher in the sky. Including the moon would have added more of the sky that I would have liked by diminishing size of the clouds in the composition.
EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center-weighted metering mode, ISO100, 45mm, f/7.1, 1/25 sec (6 image panorama)
Black Rock Playa (NV), Sunrise, Peaks, Reflection. Black Rock High Desert, NV. May 22, 2017. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.