Another one from my summer road trip. Normally I prefer to shoot the Tetons at sunrise rather than sunset, but we got roadblocked by a bison and were forced to wait for about 10 minutes until he moved. So I got out and decided to take advantage of the wonderful rays coming over the peaks.
You know what you've got when you know what you've given to the silence... when there's nowhere else to go but underneath the veil...
… and this was a treat. It was just one of these surprises that awaits you just around the corner when your mind is set to something else, some other destination, some other aim. Take it metaphorically or literally but don’t tell me it has never happened to you before.
April 15, the second morning of Easter vacation and we were heading for one of my photography companion's favorite bridges. We were already behind schedule and anxious to get there before the sun was too high, lifting the mist we hoped it’d be there and washing everything out when suddenly, just around a corner, this view unfolded in front of us. Now, being the gentleman that he is, K. never forgets to point out every once in a while that if I happen to see anything that I want to stop and shoot I shouldn’t hesitate (I have serious doubts if that relates to him being a gentleman or him being afraid of the non-stop whining that could follow, but anyway...) so I decided to make full use of this advantage. I’m under the impression that the car was already braking even before I uttered “Look!” and anyway I’m not sure if that “look” made much sense uttered with my mouth hanging wide open.
We shot out of the car and tried to set our cameras up as fast as we could. Well, “fast” is a word that I generally don’t like. I am slow. You can translate this anyway you want to and still not be very far from the truth but that is absolutely true when it comes to photography. I like to be in a place well ahead of the right time, explore, try different exposures, fool around without the pressure of “shoot now or forever lose the light”. This was not the case there and I only had time for 2 exposures before my companion, being the gentleman that he is, told me very politely to move my @&$# cause we were already late!
I tried to make a point by sulking the rest of the way, mumbling that I should have stayed there but even then I knew he was right… A few minutes later the sun would be too high, completely lifting the thin veil of mist and all the magic would go with it.
A couple of hours later, on our way back, he pointed at this spot to me again and I just couldn’t recognize it. It looked so plain and uninteresting…
Hope you enjoy your visit here!
PS This one is dedicated to AndyMumford, a great photographer, a great source of inspiration and a great example all of this time
I decided to drive the 10 minutes from my house last night to check out the Ogden Bay Waterfowl Management area. I got out there and it didn't look like anything was really going to happen so I walked out onto a frozen stream trying to get some nice comps looking into the sun when I turned around and saw this. It was such an awesome surprise - definitely one of the top 5 sunsets I've seen in the last year.
The ground was really wet and slippery and there weren't too many good compositions that I could see. So here's the best foreground I could find.
Sometimes you are lucky enough to find yourself in front of a scene that includes almost all of your obsessions; a beautifully built stone bridge, a double waterfall and a raging river running beneath it... copper-leafed trees framing it all...
And yet, after you have spent some time at that place, looking at it from all possible angles, trying to capture that wonderful puzzle, you realize you have fallen in love with just one piece of it.
Sometimes you find that one particular piece of the puzzle is much more important than the whole picture...
Marianne and I are leaving for a 3 month holiday as of tomorrow morning. As a farewell post, another image from last year's trip to Iceland. This was taken from a bridge over the Skeidararsandur region looking back toward the cloud shrouded mountain of Lomagnupur. I wonder if the scenery has changed since the recent eruptions!
When I get time on the road, I might try to upload some images as we go.