Sometimes you just get lucky!
My normal morning routine involves missing sunrise pictures due to having to take my kids to school, then on into my normal job.
This one particular morning, I was walking into work and saw the way the clouds had bracketed a gap right above the Smoky Mountains in the background. I almost just continued on into work, but when I saw the way the light was streaking along the bottom of the clouds I had to fire off a few shots. Luckily, I always carry my camera with me into work.
The thoughts of running back to the truck and getting my tripod entered my mind, but instead I just handheld right off of the parking lot.
This really speaks well of my Canon 50mm 1.8 lens. 7:30am, sun hasn't come completely up yet and shot after shot came out clear as a bell.
The lucky part of this shot came right before I packed up and went into work. Tellico Lake has hundreds of Canada geese that have settled on the lake. A group of these geese were on the shore in front of me and decided take to flight right in front of me. I captured their take off as well but they formed a wonderful little line right between the mountains and the clouds just before the sun peaked over the mountain tops.
Most of you who are already my friends on Facebook may have already seen this shot. But I haven't taken anything new in a couple of weeks and the story of the acquisition of the picture is one of my favorites, as well as the picture itself.
Details: Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS, Canon 50mm f1.8 lens. ISO 100, f8.0 1/5o sec.