Let's hope for some puffy clouds (but not too many, a real sunrise would be great). If you're not familiar with this delightful preserve, it is worth checking out... Teasels, ponds, birds, butterflies, dragonflies, trees, mist, deer, fields sometimes filled with dozens of spiderwebs, misty mornings, skittish wood ducks visit the pond across the street, etc. Here's what I look for at LeFurge:
1.) Dewy, cold dragonflies: catch them while they're cold and not moving in the fields (East and South of the parking lot). If you don't find any dragons, you can likely get some pristine spiderweb shots with drops of moisture on 'em (unless rain takes them down a day or two before our shoot)
2.) "Rays of God," misty rays of sunshine as the sun cuts across the treeline after sunrise. Mist hangs low across the trees and field some mornings.
3.) sunrise shooting from the hill: next to the parking lot is a hill and you can get a nice view of the trees, ponds, and fields as the sun comes up past the treeline.
What will you need?
Boots: The field and grasses are very wet. If you go in low-rise cross trainers, etc., plan on getting wet (if you don't have waterproof boots, bring an extra pair of socks and shoes to change into in your vehicle. My waterproof cross-trainers were soaked there a couple of weeks ago, but I didn't care :)
Waterproof pants, shell/jacket if you have them: wet, wet, wet... my cheap waterproof pants and rain coat generally keep me dry.
Flashlight: so you can adjust your camera settings pre-dawn, see in your camera bag, etc.
Bug gear: I have a mosquito/bug net (mask) that I bring along just in case the bugs are fierce and/or biting. Deet-based bug repellent also helps, if you think you'll have a problem with them (they generally don't bother me too much, but I bring the bug net in my camera bag and keep some spray around just in case).
Tripod: never hurts, esp. when it is dark :)
Optional / Misc. gear: macro lens, flash and diffuser
Arrive early if you need extra time to get your gear or clothes ready for the field. I'll leave the parking lot at 6:45 to either 1.) shoot sunrise from the hill, or 2.) head over to the field to look for dragonflies.
p.s. This is also a nice location to shoot portraits, esp. when the leaves start turning... when things dry out later in the day :)
p.p.s. I will cancel or reschedule this if it rains. I enjoy shooting in the rain, but the main attractions for this meetup would be missing in the event of rain.
Any questions? Shoot me an email.