What's you best photography day that you can remember? I have several, but had a new one this weekend which made me wonder what other stories might be out there.
Background: I have been shooting with my Sony a6000 since it was released in 2014. I finally upgraded to the a6600 when it was released last year. I also snagged one of the new Peak Design tripods through kickstarter because I wanted something more compact. I have had both of them since December, but haven't had a chance to get out and shoot at all lately for various reasons, so I was dying to get out and shoot something.
This weekend had a forecast for some light snow in the northern Atlanta metro area and even more snow in the Georgia mountains. For years I've been saying one of these day I'm going to head up to the mountains when a snow storm is approaching so I can witness it. For those of you in other parts of the country not in the south, don't laugh as I know you see snow often, but here in the south, it's a fairly rare event (typically once or twice a year and often just 1-2 inches).
I was hoping there might be some clouds with color for sunrise since the clouds and snow was not scheduled to arrive until right at sunrise. Rather than getting up at 4am to drive 2 hours to where I was going to shoot, I drove up to Helen Georgia on Friday night. I met another photographer friend at Hogpen Gap and we had an amazing sunrise. We couldn't have timed it any better. The clouds rolled over us just as the sun was coming up and it started snowing. It was simply stunning. I shot a time-lapse as well: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D7rHOKuP7RA
After this we headed to Anna Ruby Falls. We were not sure if they would have it closed due to the weather, but it was open (we had to wait 30 min for them to open the gate a 9am). It had just started snowing and was coming down good. My photographer friend had never been there before, so this was his first time there. The hike to the falls is only 1/2 mile and paved and we had the park mostly to ourselves with the exception of about 10 people that hiked up and left quickly. By the time we arrived at the falls there was a good 1-2 inches sticking on everything. It was so beautiful. We were very fortunate as I suspect very few people get the opportunity to see the falls while it is snowing (since they usually close the park for various issues).
We spent a while there and then started heading back down. At about the 1/2 way point the park ranger had hiked up and told us we had to leave because they were about to close the road due to bad road conditions. We left there and went to Unicoi State Park (which you have to drive through to get to Anna Ruby Falls) and checked out the lake as it was snowing hard. By this time there was about 6 inches of snow covering everything.
What a great day to get out and shoot after a 2 1/2 months of no shooting. This was definitely one of my favorite days for photography. What was your favorite photography day?