If you have ever wandered through my portfolio (wilsonimagery.com), Im hoping that you have seen my photos of Skyline Drive.
This blog is going to be the story of this adventure.
The summer of my junior year, I had started to take on photography as another hobby of mine, next to graphics design, sports, etc. Having followed a load of photographers on Instagram I was always in awe at the amazing shots they would post, whether it had been of the Oregon Coast, or the Arizona desert, I would be in awe wondering how they had gotten such an amazing photograph. With a love for art I had wanted to be able to produce my own photographs that would put awe in others as they had done to me.
I am not 100% sure why I had chosen Skyline Drive to be my first early morning adventure but I’m glad it was. When these photos were taken, I was just starting to learn about photography. The manual settings were a stranger to me, I didn’t know the impact exposure had on a photograph, long story short, I had barely any clue what anything meant. But being the determined person I am, I had decided to get up at 3:30 am that morning, and drive to Skylne Drive. Having done little to no research on the location, I didnt know where I was going once I got there, if I was going to be able to get any good light, or even if it was going to cost me anything. Fortunately for me, I had managed to choose just the right day to go, right in the middle of a week where National Park entrance was free.
When I arrived, I had no clue where I was going or what lookout was the best for sunrise photos, I just drove until I came to the first overlook and took pictures. Initially I had the camera in Aperture Priority mode, which had made the sunrise turn orange, despite the sky being a beautiful blue. Shortly after changing the camera into Shutter Priority, I took the photo that I think is one of my best photos to this day.
Despite not knowing any proper settings to use while there, I think they turned out quite alright.
Thank You for taking the time out of your day to read this story and have a great day!