Weathered, Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

One of the most beautiful sunrises I have ever seen came on a crisp late October morning in Shenandoah National Park, Virginia. Driving along the beautiful Skyline Drive, we didn’t have high hopes for a great sunrise as the sky was very cloudy and ominous. Pulling over at the overlook, we set up just in time to see the sky explode with color.

I incorporated an iconic old snag into the photograph, adding character to the composition. My capture was inspired by Joseph Rossbach’s marvelous photograph of the same location.


"Weathered," Shenandoah National Park


Technique: Single exposure, no HDR. The colors were left as-is. I shot at f/22 for a near-perfect sunstar and used a 3-stop Singh Ray Galen Rowell reverse ND filter to hold back the brightness of the sky.


All images are ©2011 Alexander Filatov Photography. All rights reserved.

  • Gorgeous shot Alex – stunning sunburst and colors!

    • Alex

      Thank you very much Brian for the kind words, they’re highly appreciated!

  • Absolutely beautiful! Sometimes I will throw away the HDR and go for a more “natural” look also. These are fantastic. You did indeed catch an awesome sunrise 🙂 I love using a high aperture to get that beautiful sun star effect. And orange underlit clouds are my absolute favorite! This really looks great man.

    • Alex

      Thank you very much Adam, very kind!

  • Wow, beautiful pictures!

    • Alex

      Thank you so much Victoria, appreciate it!

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