It was a great morning out at Linn Cove Viaduct, Blue Ridge Parkway. While the sky didn't have the clouds I wanted from the day before, it also didn't have the intermediate 40 mph wind gust. Woke up at 4 am and put on some thermals before driving an hour and climbing a rock face in 32 degree weather and a flashlight clinched between my teeth. O what a glorious morning. Perched on a boulder and used the flashlight to cast light into the darkness so I could manually focus and setup my camera. The moon was only at 9% so the sky was dark and the stars were bright. The air was crisp and the wind calm. During the 30 sec long exposures I would rest on the rocks and stare down at the city lights in the distance. Every once in awhile a car would come from one direction or the other. Then finally it happened. 2 cars in the dark driving from either direction met at roughly the same time on the Linn Cove Viaduct. Moving fast enough to be captured nearly in total by the 30 second exposure. Exposure was good, composition was great, and the view was out of this world. Sometimes things work out and you get a good shot, sometimes all you leave with is a memory. Lucky for me a little preparation and on my 5th trip out to the Linn Cove Viaduct magic! An image I will gladly add to my gallery.
With limited days left for fall foliage I had considered catching another sunrise that morning, but I am glad I did not, as the sunrise was not perfect and blocked by a low layer of clouds that can be seen in the far middle left of this image.
All in all a great day. Hey any day you can get out there and have the parkway all to yourself...is something special.
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October 17th, 2017
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