Sunrise Over Taos
This image is part of my Western Color collection and it’s easy to see why. The vibrant colors of the the sunrises and sunsets in the west are breathtaking.
I had spent many hours the day before I created this image scouting the location. My initial plan was to just photograph the sunset but the entire time I kept thinking about the sun rising above the mountains. I ended up getting a later than desired start the next morning. Everything was a rush. I ran down the trail along the Rio Grande Gorge with all my gear hoping not to fall over the edge in the dark. It was about 19 degrees out and my hands were numb, making it very difficult to set up in a hurry.
Finally, I was in the spot I had decided on the night before and had my camera set up. When the first light started to appear I noticed that there were some clouds. This was a bonus since there are so many cloudless days. I recomposed my image to take advantage of the clouds knowing that they would reflect a tremendous amount of color. Shortly before the sun broke over the mountains the sky was filled with vibrant blue and red.
I underexposed the image to accentuate the blues and reds and to cast the mountains in shadow. The intent was to simplify the landscape to a solid shape and make the image about the sky.