The patch from which I am shooting along the roadside isn't large. I used a tree on the edge of the opening to add a foreground element. Later in summer, when there is a crop in the field, perhaps I will be able to use that for foreground. A good foreground element does help to add depth to a two-dimensional image.
This↓ was an early photo, centering on a tree in the field and just catching a bit of the darker clouds above.
I waited for the sun to rise completely. To my eyes, there was colour in the low sun, but camera sensors are limited, so ole sol is blown out once again. I must try harder in future, probably with two exposures. We shall see.
On that previous morning when the fog obscured to sun and the light was more even, it was easier to replicate the scene in camera. With greater contrast in both light and colour. I found it more difficult to capture precisely what my eyes were seeing on this morning. One tries one's best, but I don't think I got the saturation quite right. I feel like I was either getting too much or not enough, and when push comes to shove, I opted for too much in this case rather than too little. It is difficult. I had the intention to depict how it was,, and I think I came quite close.
There is a local photographer who produces fabulous sunset photos, but I know that he has processed and saturated very heavily, and that spoils it a bit for me. While I admire his processing skills, it bothers me that the photos are, essentially, fake. I sure don't get my sunrises perfect, but I try to get them close to authentic because part of the joy for me is actually being out there and appreciating what I see in the moment. Then, when I see a reasonably accurate portrayal later on my computer screen, I am satisfied. The only point of developing a photo that wasn't what I actually saw and felt would be to seek more public approbation.
As I have written previously, these opinions represent how I feel about landscape photography when I have the time to set up and to do it right. This is not necessarily how I feel about other types of photos such as buildings or other objects. I am quite fine with adding a glow to a robin in the bath, for example, or accentuating the textures in a building, and so on and so forth.