Erik and I drove up to Wyoming early this morning to shoot the construction of a natural gas liquids pipeline near Rock Springs and Green River, WY. We have previously shot for this client when the pipeline was further east near Rawlins, WY.
This assignment is is particularly difficult for the following reasons. First, crews working on the pipeline do not arrive until well after the sun has risen. I can shoot sunrise without people in the shot, however I would prefer to shoot at sunrise with more activity taking place. Second, the pipeline runs in a East/West direction, your either looking into the sun or you have the sun at your back. When the sun is at your back, the light is so flat and unattractive coming from straight behind you. The last problem is that the crews working the pipeline are finished at about 4 or 5 PM. Durning the summer months here, the sun does not set until 8 PM.
I'll have a full day tomorrow shooting all the activity alone the pipeline. Last time I was shooting this project we had some nice clouds in the sky, which helps fills to top portion of the frame of an image.