The last week in August provided gracious weather for my week of landscape photography. As most photographers know, the early morning light is the most favorable to exceptional images. As I found out, that "early morning light" can mean several different situations spread across several hours.
The first light, before the sun appears, that ethereal blue, fades quickly along with the morning stars. Expect very long exposures; it's really dim.
The Lost River Valley is, well, a valley and therefore the sun hides behind the eastern ranges until it is rather high in the sky. The light here becomes more golden, and in the days of late summer, is not yet strong enough to burn off the clouds that have settled overnight. Wonderful light with the distances shrouded in fog.
Once the sun comes out of hiding, the light is pure gold, the shadows cast are long and deep. Barns, tools and tractors, still covered in the early mist can be magical.