This is such a peaceful shot.
I captured this sunrise image while traveling southbound along Highway 2 in Alberta, en route to the Calgary International Airport to catch my plane back to Toronto. I had an early flight out from Calgary that morning which meant, naturally, an early departure. Even though it was about 8:00AM when I took this shot, it still felt awfully early to me. The sun rises slightly later in western Canada, and it didn't help that it was late November; winter was just around the corner.
Highway 2 (a.k.a. Queen Elizabeth II Highway) runs between Calgary and Edmonton and is normally a very busy route. There didn't seem to be much traffic on the highway that morning, hence the solitary feeling the image projects. The farm in the distance is very typical of a prairie farm, with its silos, barb wire fence, cluster of wind-breaking trees, farmhouse and out-buildings.
The shot was originally taken in colour but was very orange and not all that interesting. In Lightroom I converted it to black and white, which somehow added a whole different mood and feel compared to the original. To me, the image now feels calm, moody and slightly lonely.
Highway 2, somewhere between Red Deer and Calgary, Alberta
November 17, 2012
ISO 200, 1/125 sec., f/ 5.6