This past Saturday my wife and I went out to Skyline Drive in the morning to catch the sunrise. Didn’t get a good photograph of the sunrise, but captured the rolling clouds coming down the mountain to the valley below.
The plan was to get to Skyline Drive and be towards the top close to Big Meadows when the sunrise happened. But that part of the drive was completely covered in fog, we weren’t going to see any of the sunrise! It turned out that on the Eastern side of the mountain there was a layer of clouds covering everything. On the Western side of the mountain it was the opposite. Mostly clear skies so you could see the valley below.
While driving along the road snaked over to the Western side and at one of the overlooks I noticed the layer of clouds that were coming over the peak of the mountain. The clouds would come over the top and then start rolling down the side of the mountain into the valley below. As they rolled down they would also start to dissipate. I parked the car and got my equipment together. There was a hiking trail that started at the overlook parking area so I started hiking along the trail till I found a good spot that gave a view of the mountain to the East with the clouds rolling over the top and also a view of the valley below to the West.
Equipment used for this photo:
Canon 5D Mark III
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS Lens
Slik 700DX Tripod
Bogen 3030 3-way pan/tilt head