I love taking river photos in the morning and in the evening. The light is so much better, and if you park yourself in the right place, you can get some nice effects.
This morning I had to be out on an errand. I stopped by the East End bridge and saw the sun low on the horizon.
Before I left home, I checked the position of the AEP boat Chuck Zebula, which I knew was in the area, and noticed it left the Gallipolis Locks and Dam heading downbound at 4:30 a.m. At 8 to 10 mph, that would put it in the Huntington area around 7 to 7:30 a.m. So I waited and saw the boat come around the bend at old Lock and Dam 27. I waited for it to pass my position on the West Virginia side -- there are few places on Route 2 in that area where a person can park and shoot the river.
When it passed, the sun came out from behind the clouds and we get this view where the rear-facing parts of the boat are in sun, and the port side is in shadow.
About a year ago, I got a similar photo of this same boat heading upriver past Clipper Mills OH.
As I said, I love shooting in early morning and in the evening.