EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED
Planning a photo safari can be a bit of a crap shoot: you can plan and plan and plan, then things change and aren’t what you expected. Maybe you oversleep your alarm and don’t catch that great first light you wanted. Maybe the sky after sunset is clear, and boring, rather than full of wondrous clouds for you to shoot. Maybe, maybe, maybe….
Here’s the one great, profound truth that always comes back to me: even when a trip idea changes, or seems to be ruined, staying home is the one surefire way to come back with NO great photos! Getting out the door can be more than half the ‘luck’ you’ll need, if you’re just willing to stay open-minded about the possibilities and make the attempt anyway. I have yet to see a great photograph made by a guy sitting on his ass.
This photograph is the result of just such a situation. I did indeed oversleep the alarm, running over a half hour later than I had intended, sure that I had blown the great, early light that I wanted. Then something unexpected, and wonderful, happened. The closer I got to my planned shooting destination, the foggier it became! What would have been mundane become sublime in the eerie, early fog of this day. I spent a wonderful hour before the fog lifted, making images, problem solving, changing lenses, changing ideas…the ordinary becomes extraordinary, all because I forced myself to go ahead and go.
So remember: getting ‘out the door’ and on your way is the most important step you’ll take!
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