I’m finding my photography moving in a different direction. Don’t get me wrong…I LOVE shooting birds…and will always do so. But lately, I’m enjoying my pre-dawn trek to some awesome spot and waiting for some light to appear on the eastern horizon.
Sometimes I don’t even care if the sun doesn’t show up. I think theres an intrinsic beauty to the fog and ominous clouds. They have a depth and texture that I’m trying to represent in my images.
Shooting ‘scapes is SO different than making images of birds. Different camera body…different lenses…different EVERYTHING! The patience thing is still in play…but in a strange way. Waiting in a photo blind for birds to fly into the scene requires real patience. Sometimes the birds come in…sometimes they don’t!
The eastern sky ALWAYS gets lighter before sun up. Sometimes you can SEE the sun…sometimes you don’t. But theres always some scene to shoot. Like avian photography, “it” happens fast. The “magic” of a sunrise or sunset can last only a brief moment.
Be ready or you’ll miss it!