March 28, 2013
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Weather forecast: sunny and clear. That’s what I had been wanting to get some special captures. Temperature was to be Cold, low 30’s. No problem, thermals – check, heavy footwear – check, T-shirt – check, long sleeves – check, long heavy hunting jacket with many pockets (:-)) – check, camera – check, lens – check, tripod – check, batteries and extras charged – check, memory card in camera and extras ready – check, yearly pass for High Island – check, water – check, snack – check, skeeter spray – check, flashlight – check. List complete. At least it seemed complete.
I arrived about an hour before sunrise. Once I got everything together I started out on the trail. It was so dark on the trail under the trees, I couldn’t see. No problem. Pulled out my flashlight to give me an idea of direction. Good thing it was on my checklist because I couldn’t see anything much less where to step. Funny how you start seeing things that aren’t there. Finally got to my spot and set up ready to go. Did I say it was cold? My thoughts, “David, we have a problem.” No Gloves! It didn’t take long for my fingers to start going numb. It’s a beautiful sunrise and my fingers are frozen. I remembered a few people mentioning I was full of hot air. So why not, I thought as I blew into my hand and fingers. Well, obviously those people didn’t know what they were talking about because it didn’t work.
I dealt with my frozen fingers the best that I could and still managed to capture several keepers. It was a good morning. When is the last time you enjoyed a sunrise?
Nikon D4, Nikon 500mm, f/4.0, 1/800, ISO 640