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Capturing the Sunrise at Bear Rocks | Dolly Sods, West Virginia


If you haven't heard of Dolly Sods, it's one of the most beautiful and unique places you can visit in West Virginia. I am fortunate to live fairly close to it. When my son was a toddler we would go to Dolly Sods to have picnics on Bear Rocks and explore trails. Some evenings we would drive up to watch the sunset.


I have many fond memories of this wild and wonderful place.


You can see one of the many photographers capturing the beauty of the Sods.

When my brother's close friend asked me to photograph his engagement pictures at Dolly Sods on October 7, 2022, I decided to make a whole day of it and get up early to catch

a beautiful fall sunrise.


My brother's friend and beautiful fiance.

Usually, I only visit the Sods throughout the week when there is parking. I figured since I was getting there at sunrise on a Friday it wouldn't be very busy.


I was wrong.


There were probably 10-20 people there to see the sunrise too. A lot of them photographers with their tripods, navigating the trail to Bear Rocks with headlamps. After I found my spot another photographer set up right beside me. Which was fine. I was just a little surprised.


Some more photographers taking in the sunrise from Bear Rocks at Dolly Sods, WV.

When I photograph a place, I don't like to stay in one spot. I will bounce around to get different angles and light. As I was bouncing around, it was hard not to get in other photographers' shots and for me to find an angle without other photographers. I know many photographers are great at photoshop and can erase people from their shots, but I am not the best at photoshop and it takes a long time.


I ended up with a couple of shots that I feel are worthy of being printed and put on the wall.


You can check out the metal prints below.











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