Cold is gold

Cold is gold

After yesterday morning’s cold, crisp and beautiful early light, I decided to get up early today and head out to Portage Valley for dawn and first-light photos. Michelle joined me, book in tow to keep her busy while I was out capturing images in the early light. We stopped and picked up some espresso drinks on the way down, not wanting to wait as long as Girdwood to pick up drinks from the coffee shop there at the gas station.

I was a bit disturbed at first about the atmospheric conditions. It was clear that there was a thick fog bank hanging over the Anchorage bowl, but we headed out anyway with the hopes that conditions would change. Once we got around Beluga Point, it became fairly evident that the fog conditions were localized. I began to see breaks where clear skies showed the pale Periwinkle of early colors. We got to Portage Lake at around 8:20, well before the sun was to come up, but early enough to have some nice pre-dawn light adding a little glow to the ridge lines. I shot the frozen lake extensively, even working the frost crystals on the surface with the macro. As conditions continued to remain fairly stagnant, I decided to join Michelle back in the truck and head back out down the valley to see what the light was doing. I looked for a good spot with the Portage Creek in view and some ridge lines for backdrop. Just as I found the right spot, the first light started to hit the peaks. I proceeded to then work non-stop for another two hours before heading back toward Girdwood and Chair 5 for lunch. I stopped along the way near Twenty Mile to photograph a scene I liked, but turned back when I post-holed into a creek. Next time, snowshoes.

In the evening, after finishing an outdoor portrait session up at the Glen Alps area, I shot some of the late light on Mt. Redoubt and include those in this post.

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