Sunset Over Grandview

Note: This post is one of a series about our visit to New River Gorge and Bridge in late October 2018.  Unfortunately, there was not a lot of color in the trees then. For details of the New River National River and links to other posts, please see New River Gorge and Bridge (Overview).

The next morning after the Full Moon over New River Gorge photos, I went back to the Main Overlook at Grandview to (hopefully) take some sunrise photos. On the way to the park, while driving through a residential area, I passed a photographer with a camera and tripod set up on the edge of the road where there was a good view of the setting full moon. When I got to the Main Overlook, the gorge was filled with mist up to about 30 feet below the platform and was slowly rising. One other photographer was already there, but he quickly gave up and left because he wanted photos of the gorge, not the mist.

Shortly after that, another photographer, who was there for the previous evening’s full moon, arrived. I mentioned the photographer I had passed on the side of the road and he said that was him – there was a very old truck parked near a house and he wanted to get a picture of the full moon over the truck but the moon was not in the position he wanted.

We both took some photos of the brightening sky (including this photograph) but we were soon enveloped in the rising mist. When the mist was about 50 feet above us, it was already past the time for sunrise. Both of us gave up as the mist showed no signs of dissipating soon (remember that the gorge is 1400 feet deep at this point).

Technical Data

Sunrise at Grandview 5

  • Date: 10/24/2018
  • Time: 7:21 AM
  • Camera: Canon EOS 77D
  • Lens:Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM
  • Settings:
    • Lens: 35 mm, f/8
    • ISO: 800
    • Shutter: 1/100 sec
  • Cropped image is 5694 x 3796 px
  • GPS: 37°49’51.082″ N, 81°3’40.963″ W

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