The fall colors are upon us! This weekend I got up super early and went to Harpers Ferry, WV to hike up to the overlook at Maryland Heights. The idea was to catch the sunrise as the first light started to illuminate the town. However, things sometimes don’t workout as planned…
It was a VERY early Saturday morning! The alarm was set for 4AM, plan was to leave the house at 4:30AM. Probably got on the road about 4:45AM, but that was still fine. Got to the parking area to hike up the Maryland Heights trail to the overlook that looks out over Harpers Ferry – there were no other cars there! Guess not many people had the same idea. While the Maryland Height trail is pretty easy footing, it’s fairly strenuous because it’s an incline just about the entire way up. You definitely get a workout doing it.
While I was able to get some nice shots of the sunrise as the sun started to climb over top of the mountain:
alas there were too many clouds in the early morning for the sunlight to illuminate the town how I wanted. I still was able to get some shots during the pre-dawn blue hour. Those I need to process so I’ll post some later. But it was still a worthwhile trip, this past weekend the fall colors were out for everyone to enjoy! Some of the trees were definitely at their peak and starting to drop, while others are still on their way to get there. If you haven’t gotten out to see them yet, I’d suggest getting out there soon, they may not be around much longer! You can read my article on Fall Foliage Photography, it’s about determining when the peak colors will be around the Washington DC area.
Until you are able to get out there yourself, enjoy the rest of the shots below!
Equipment used for these photos:
Canon 5D Mark III
Canon 5D Mark II
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS Lens
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM UD Telephoto Zoom Lens
Slik 700DX Tripod
Bogen 3030 3-way pan/tilt head
Benro A2691T Travel Angel Tripod w/ B1 Ballhead
Hoya 77mm DMC PRO1 Circular Polarizer
Lowepro Pro Runner 300 AW Backpack