Right Place, At The Right Time


Prestatyn Sunset

I’ve been busy all week so it was nice to get out last night for a short while. I desperately needed to get a photograph for my 52/2013 challenge so it was looking like a sunset might be an easy option. However, as skies go it wasn’t looking too good. Very overcast, dark brooding clouds, all the way to the horizon. Not exactly sunset weather.

One thing I have learned over the years of taking landscape photographs, the sky and available light can dramatically change very quickly and so I set off to the beach anyway. Couple of minutes and I’m on the seafront, and, as hoped, the horizon was clearing. Suddenly it’s starting to look interesting, those dark clouds still looked menacing but now they were on fire, my sunset photograph was taking shape nicely.

By some special graciousness of fate I am deposited — as all good photographers like to be — in the right place at the right time. Go into it [photography] as young as possible. Bring all the asset you have and play to win.

Margaret Bourke-White – written after she was stricken with Parkinson’s disease.

In many ways photography is about taking a chance. I’ve gone out in all sorts of weather conditions thinking I wont come home with much to work on…and yet, I’ve rarely been disappointed. A quick break in the clouds, a patch of light shining through, and I’m lucky to be in the right place at the right time.

 

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  1. Nice photo. I was out recently hoping for just this shot (sunset under the clouds). Everything looked good until the clouds fizzled at the last minute. Oh well. Got plenty of nice shots anyways. As you said, it is a matter of being there.

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    • Some nights I have looked and thought its not worth it and then it’s turned into the most glorious sunset. You just never can tell. That’s why to a certain extent sunsets are far easier to do than sunrise.

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