I booked a spontaneous trip to Saarschleiffe, which is more or less the German answer to the Horseshoe Bend in Arizona. I did some research before so I knew that it is a sunrise location. Thrilled about the following morning and full of expectations, I went to bed.
The next morning, the entire valley was covered by fog exactly as I hoped. Once the sun had risen, the entire scene turned into gold. Normally, I keep quite calm on location. But due to some cloud coverage and high-altitude wind, the light conditions were changing constantly. So did my lenses as I got slightly overwhelmed by the situation. When I saw the light breaking through the clouds, I started frantically looking for some trees that would be nicely separated from the rest – it’s a nice little detail of this epic wide scenery.
I enjoy the contrast between the still night-y shadows in the left part and the flood of light on the right. Bonus – you can even spot some morning frost on the grass on the right.
This is most likely my favourite long lens photo of 2018. And although my wide images of the Saar loop are not bad, they don’t have such a strong atmosphere as this one.
February 25th, 2019
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