Traveling around for a few days shooting fall colors with @ryanwhitephotoworks, we came across this scene. Our first day here there wasn't any spectacular light to speak of, just an amazing valley laid out before us. On the second day, I ended up hiking back in for sunrise shots, while Ryan shot a different scene by the cars, both of us hoping things would go a little better than the evening prior.
After setting up my tripod and leveling my camera, I began the arduous task of getting my focus dialed in before there was really any light to speak of. As luck would have it, it only took me a time or two of focus adjustments before things were in the sweet spot. During these test shots, for some weird reason there was this red glow that enveloped the scene in camera. Too dark to see anything with the naked eye, I snapped another shot, this time lowering my film speed to reduce the noise.
The light, if you could call it that, lasted less than five minutes but that's all I needed to get the goods. Even though clouds moved in the way of any major sunrise colors, I like this shot for the mood the lighting added.
Very lucky to have captured something that not only happened for just a few moments right after I arrived, but that wasn't even visible.
Sometimes the best photographs occur without even being able to see what your shooting.