As I viewed the work of Jenny Pickford, a British metal sculptor, I merged the sculpture with the arrival of autumn colors on the Cornell campus. In the background were maple trees that promised to present some rich reds or oranges. Some research suggested that in early October, the sun position would bathe the scene with nice side lighting. The uncontrolled factor was weather. I needed a day with a lingering sunrise after the sun cleared the trees to the east. It all came together on Friday, October 11 at 8:43 am.
If the weather had not co-operated, I guess you'd be waiting until 2020 for the photo.