Ever been in the right place; but at the “wrong time?………
Nothing wrong with this photo- looks like everything went just right doesn’t it? There’s a reason for that- It’s the image I wanted you to see- It’s the one that “tells the story” of my experience there.
This is the one I took the day before:
Not so impressive is it?Almost the exact same spot- but it wasn’t “the right time” for all the elements to come together.
Was I dissapointed in this one? no, not really- I KNEW it was where I wanted to be photographically and I
worked hard drove a long way just to get here.
I took a chance that conditions would be good to make the image I held so clear in my mind ( the conditions dept. didn’t get the memo ….) I could have held up my hands and said “oh well, I tried- this is what it is”…..and isn’t that what a lot of us do in our lives sometimes too? We get to where we think we need to be, instead of opening our eyes to the possibilities that surround us?
Facing facts that I couldn’t change the weather, I decided to change how I looked at the situation. I started “Working the scene” – not staying in one place waiting.
( although, when you get that gut feeling to wait patiently right where you are; you better heed it- cause changes are a comin one way or another! *Smiles*)
Here is what I found:
If I had given up when I was so very close, I wouldn’t have gotten this shot- even though I was literally just around the bend from it! I would like to point out that I never took my eyes off of where I wanted to be- that’s still the Morris Island Lighthouse in the background- But I changed the angle of my approach to make what I had available work for me.
As for patience, I came back the next day- with a fresh perspective of not coming into this with expectations of what I wanted to photograph; but kept an open mind that I should just be there in the moment. Afterall, I was coming back to the place I wanted to be.
The top photograph in this blog was taken on my last day in Charleston SC. just as the sun rose above the horizon line of the ocean. This is the photo that ended up being better than what I thought I had came there for in the first place…