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.



12 thoughts on “Right Place, At The Right Time

  1. petspeopleandlife August 17, 2013 / 23:16

    I like the rocks in the foreground which adds a lot to this beautiful sunset.


    • Mike Hardisty August 18, 2013 / 08:21

      Foreground, foreground, foreground, alway have some foreground interest…that’s what someone once told me.


      • petspeopleandlife August 18, 2013 / 19:56

        True words as proven by your wonderful pictures. The foreground leads the eye to the main subject and I reason that is why the foreground is so important. 🙂


  2. beluga53 August 18, 2013 / 00:41

    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.


    • Mike Hardisty August 18, 2013 / 08:24

      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.


  3. Andrew August 18, 2013 / 03:28

    Love the photo and a very good message to go with it – get out there!!


    • Mike Hardisty August 18, 2013 / 08:27

      I have missed some real crackers recently because I have been too lazy or thought it wouldn’t be that good


  4. mtlawleyshire August 18, 2013 / 06:04

    That’s beautiful! So rich 🙂 & yes, it’s a matter of being open to whatever happens.


    • Mike Hardisty August 18, 2013 / 08:29

      Usually I’m pretty responsive when it comes to going out with my camera but recently I’ve been lazy thinking its not worth going out.


  5. Patti Kuche August 18, 2013 / 23:00

    A blistering great shot Mike!


    • Mike Hardisty August 19, 2013 / 08:14

      Thanks Patti. I’m going back to my roots over the next few weeks, I’ve had enough of photographing churches


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