Samantha asked me what I wanted to do for my birthday this year. I sheepishly asked if I could go shoot photos by myself. She said yes. Given that I have a four-month old son, having a whole day to have fun by myself was a pretty big deal. Before I had a family, I’d frequently travel by myself and preferred to shoot photos alone generally as I find that more productive. But since I got married two years ago and now have a son, photography has been more of a by-product of my family life than photography for photography’s sake. Not this time though. I had a few ideas that had been on my mind for several years so I went off to Northern Sonoma in search of fall color.
The timing couldn’t have been better as most vineyards appeared to be at peak fall color. I had a major dilemma at sunset however. There was this scene that I’d been wanting to photograph at sunset with vineyards in fall color. I did end of photographing that. But I also saw this barn with a dirt road leading past it earlier in the day which I couldn’t get out of my mind. I initially dismissed shooting this this location sunset because it was in deep shade about an hour prior to sunset. It turns out that when the sunset was starting to heat up at my initial location, I felt like I needed to take a chance even if I came home empty-handed. So I packed up my tripod really quickly as the sunset was heating up then drove a few miles down the road. A few minutes later, I haphazardly parked my car off in the dirt, set up my tripod and got a few photos off before the light disappeared.
I couldn’t have asked for a better birthday gift.
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