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It’s been a busy fall season already! But I’m enjoying every minute of it. I love just driving down around my neighborhood and seeing all the colorful trees. So I obviously had to take a quick run down to Shenandoah National Park to check out the foliage around there. It’s become a tradition that my friend Larry and I will make a trip down and photograph the sunrise along Skyline Drive. This year, our friend Brande came with us too. It was a beautiful morning with photo friends.

In general, the trees were looking a little green along the drive so I think we were a bit premature in going. Regardless, it was great to watch the sunrise over the mountains. There were even little pockets of fog along the mountain range that made it even more special. But I didn’t get the shot I was looking for. I was either hoping for a really foggy morning making images look extra moody and gloomy or very colorful trees lit up by the sunlight. So since we didn’t get either of those, I’m thinking another trip to Shenandoah is necessary. Hopefully sometime soon!

My camera settings for this image are F11 at 1/30th sec and ISO 400 with my Sony A7II and 70-200mm zoom lens.

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Yesterday was a little unusual. I woke up earlier than my alarm clock which meant I left the house a little earlier than I expected to. I left with the intention of going to Manassas Battlefield but while I was on the road I realized I would of just waited in the parking lot for about 30 minutes before I’d see any light. So instead of waiting, I thought I’d just go straight to Shenandoah National park and check out the color on the trees.

Most of the trees are still green, a few had color, but I mostly saw fog. As I got higher in the mountain, the foggier it got. It got foggier, windier and rainy. I’ll definitely be back again later in the week to scope out the scene.