I tend to go for a walk every day, frequently into town and back, typically leaving around 4 so that I can get to the post office before last collection at 5pm. Over the last couple of years, if there is no need for anything downtown, I have tried to go somewhere and photograph; Eberwhite Woods is only half mile from our house, so an easy choice. At this time of year, that typically places me in the woods as sunset approaches, providing some combination of raking light and color in the sky.
I can sometimes fit in a one-way walk through the wood on the (long) way back from an errand. This means I am without the tripod, and therefore one of the things I like in my camera is that it can tell me not only if the camera is level on the horizontal axis but also on the vertical.
Having the camera in hand means that I am more ready to take advantage of an opportunity for making a photograph involving intentional camera movement. I took some more exposures of this composition without movement, but I much prefer this one.
There was a time when I would try to make a vertical (portrait) exposure for every horizontal one I made, and then I got out of the habit, I think because it just became a little less convenient. And then I decided, I just didn’t really care for verticals anyway, so I stopped making them. But then a few weeks back I realized how much easier it was now with my current setup, and so I’m starting to get back into making more. This one is actually from the next day, walking through the wood again, again approaching sunset.