Outlet Reflections. Pick a season and think of a place that you visit or pass by countless times over that period. Ever pondered what it looks like 180 days away? I’ve been filtering through my mind a variety of places that fit that description for me. Today’s feature photo, “Outlet Reflections”, fits the bill perfectly. Between six and ten times a week from May through September, I’ll bike past this viaduct between two lakes. During those months, the trees are in the diverse stages of budding, to full leaf, to fallen leaves. In mid-summer, the sun is setting just off the right edge of this frame while during the winter solstice, the sun sets between the two retired bridge abutments. Thanks to an abundance of late fall precipitation, this is also the first winter that I’ve been back checking this site, that the stream was fully open. My point is, things change and I’ve just pointed out a few of the altered conditions that caught my eye and started my mind to grinding away. On the afternoon that I took this shot, I’d searched several locations before considering the hike to this location. Fortunately, I arrived about 15 minutes prior to sunset and was able to frame a few compositions in my mind and get positioned prior to twilight. Although several shots were taken, the featured photo is actually a merge of 5 hand held shots taken back to back at 1-stop intervals. I’m already planning my next visit when I’ll bring the tripod, drop the ISO down further and extend the exposure time. The conditions will be different from this day but who knows just how beautiful the moment will be? I can’t wait to find out.
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