Sunday, April 4, 2010

Patience is a Virtue


Today I was scanning through old folders, looking for something and came across this post idea which I had planned a while ago... and then forgot about.
I always say that you can't overstate the importance of planning... and even more, of allowing yourself enough *time* (and the patience to use it), when dealing with nature.  How often can you just drive or walk somewhere, set up and get the optimal shot right off the bat?  Hey, it happens and it's great when it does, but pretty rare, right?  Sooo many times, I have been all alone in a crazy-beautiful spot enjoying perfect light and shooting like mad after everyone else has left (or yet to arrive)!
I shot these two versions of one scene about 5-6 years ago at the Grand Canyon in Arizona and I think they make a good illustration of being rewarded for taking some time to analyze what is happening, or about to happen. I was with family here, sightseeing, and tempted to settle for the first shot and just move on.. I mean, it's not horrible, but I knew the sun was low and bound to peek through a break in the post-thunderstorm clouds, if I could hang with it for a little while. Luckily in this case, it was only about 3 minutes later... and I was quite glad I waited. (Slight change in composition, too, as you can see). I had probably less than a minute of sweet light before it was gone for good. This kind of late afternoon side-lighting has a particular character that I really love... and I would have to say it brings lot more impact and life to the shot than the flat shadow lighting of the other version, don't you think?

16 comments:

The Retired One said...

Yes..but they are both gorgeous shots...but the lighting is spectacular in the first one!!

Gaelyn said...

I recognized this spot. You captured the lighting and river sheen excellently. I'll be heading back to the canyon in about two weeks.

storybeader said...

I definitely light the larger image. The color of the sky is beautiful, and I like the shadows on the rocks. What a gorgeous spot!

Beadwright said...

I like both of them very much.
Great place to take shots.

Nicole/Beadwright

J. Evan Kreider said...

Thank you for encouraging us to practice the art of waiting patiently, expectantly. I can think of nothing quite as difficult for me to do, but your picture is proof that good things can indeed happen . . . in the fullness of time.

Chrissy said...

Same scene and both of them lovely...but wise to wait, the sun just draws out all those gorgeous greens in the trees and adds to the colour in the rocks. The difference between smeone who looks and someone who "sees"

Shotslot said...

It's funny, this is such good advice. I usually shoot when I'm out walking, and often when I'm with other people and I look at things and think 'that would look great if...' but feel pressure to keep moving. It's very different when I'm walking alone and can sit watching stuff...maybe some good additional advice would be 'help your companions learn patience?' or 'stop worrying what other people think'?

hankmann said...

Such a great point you bring to light. It almost should be mentioned that waiting for the right moment is needed as well as scouting the area you are going. I found out quickly that repeat visits whenever possible, only add to the quality of captures you can get.

Pressure from your pals does play a factor, but hopefully we have pals that understand our passion for photography and won't get too mad sitting around for the right lighting !

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Grace said...

I am floored by those photos...crazy wonderful.

Mook said...

well that's a skelp on the lug for me (slap on the ear)i'm always rushing!

the side lighting does it for me well worth the wait!

Carol Mattingly said...

Nice job of side lighting. Very nice job. Carol

Jaya said...

Wow! I really enjoyed seeing the difference three minutes can make in a photo!!

Calin said...

very nice photos.

Mr Loso said...

Nice picture. Hope to visit there.

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