I didn't think my truck would go that fast. Sitting up in the loft, enjoying morning coffee and the Last of Us season finale, I saw color building in cloud-heavy skies. I hadn't even given the sunrise a thought, as I was under the misguided impression that the sky would be too cloud packed for color. I dismissed it, thinking it was going to fade quickly. But, as I turned my attention back to the computer screen and enjoying watching Joel rescue Ellie from certain death, I kept glancing back to the window. The color was continuing to build. The Sunrise Monster that lives in my belly suddenly stirred, and the Last of Us would have to wait. Gathering my gear at breakneck pace, I struggled to come up with a location in my head, knowing I had mere minutes to capture the scene. Then it hit me. The school house! That single room school house in Harrison is just 2 miles from my house, so I made a frantic speed-defying road trip, pulled off as best I could into the snow bank, ran out in the field a bit, threw down my tripod, clamped my camera and turned it on. Nothing. Blank screen. No battery! It was calmly sitting back at the house on the charger. I dove back into my camera bag, grabbed battery #2 and the screen came to life, revealing a blazing sky starting to fade. No time for fancy compositions, it was now or never. I started taking shots as the color faded. This is shot #2. A bit breathless, I celebrated in the snow field, albeit not even with coffee to take a victory sip. I finally got an image of the one room school house that is just down the road.
SONY ILCE-7RM3, f/11 @ 23 mm, 0.3s, ISO 50, No Flash