Leave early for work or your appointment, especially if you’re going to be driving around sunrise and/or sunset. Always take you camera gear with you. Maybe not everything you own on every trip, but the basics… camera body, tripod, a couple lenses and/or a versatile zoom lens. A polarizer filter is always handy when you need one, as is a remote release of some kind. Personally, I also like to carry a bubble level that attaches to the hot shoe to help me keep things level. (Tilted horizons are one of my two biggest pet peeves.)
Because, if you do, you can get shots like this when you see them, instead of driving on by figuratively kicking yourself for leaving your gear at home. And trust me, I have certainly done that more times than I care to count.
I shot this series handheld and bumped the ISO up to 800 purposely to get a slightly grainy effect. I thought that would help with the moody feeling of the scene.
This particular photo was taken just after sunrise on a nice foggy morning. It is the Calvary Cemetery just south of Ryan, Iowa, on State Highway 13. I will have to stop there more often. It’s a neat little cemetery.