Sometimes…most of the time…a well thought out plan is better than spontaneity!! But every time, spontaneity is so much more exciting!!
If there’s one thing I’ve been drawn to notice – it’s the sunset. Mind you, I just don’t notice it. No, I’m obsessed with it! Is that typical with landscape photographers? I don’t know! But for me, I constantly evaluate the sunset to determine its expectation! I try to project the “Amazing” factor long before the sun actually sets. Sometimes it works. More often than not, it doesn’t.
On this particular evening, I believed the sunset had magical possibilities! So, I grabbed my camera and headed to the beach. On a normal evening, I can get to the beach in a few minutes. But this would not be that evening. First there was my neighbor who met me at my car and, seeing my camera backpack, had to know where I was heading. Be polite, Steve! He’s just trying to be friendly. OK, I talked for a few minutes and then got out of there.
That’s OK, there’s still plenty of time.
Wait a minute, where did all this traffic come from? Are you guys all going to the beach?
Hurry…hurry…must drive faster!!
RED LIGHT!!!!! YIKES!!! ANOTHER RED LIGHT!!! YIKES!!!
Finally, I’m here…but this is going to be so close!! Jump out of the car…grab my camera and tripod. Down the bike path to the sand…oh, it’s so difficult to hurry through the sand – with all my gear and with heavy shoes!
Of course, a dozen other photographers had already set up!! No matter – here’s a spot!!
Wait a minute…you’re surely not going to set up directly in front of me, are you? Are you blind? Hello?? I’m right here!!!
After a few choice words (under my breath, of course) I grabbed my tripod and moved right down into their spot!!
But…and this is a big but…the sun had already set!! Of course if you’ve worked with sunsets, you know the best color comes after the sun sets!! So, I’m still good!
What’s that??? Heavy clouds??? Where did those come from???
Oh well, let’s just make the best of it.
And that’s what I did!!
Even when everything seems to go wrong, a sunset is a most magical event!!