And When The Light Sucks, or I’m Playing Tourist…
What are you going to do? I’m not sure why, but folks seem surprised when they cross my path somewhere in the wilds of North America, and that I can be out looking with no more intention then to just be out looking. Here’s a perfect example. It was a bald sky day – I’ve lamented about how I think they suck more than once on the blog. The majority of the time, they just don’t lend any drama to our landscapes.
How do I know this image sucks (besides the final visual)? It required more than two minutes in the digital darkroom to get this far, that’s a really bad sign. There was no drama to the light or the scene and none could be created in post, it’s just a “here’s a lighthouse” photograph which in my book is a loser.
But my intent for the day was not to make some great image. Sharon & I went to Pemaquid Point Lighthouse yesterday in the rain, a completely opposite lighting situation from today. I have seen a couple of cool images of this lighthouse shot right after a snow storm. I really like them so I did a 360 around the lighthouse and its cliffs looking at the light, thinking through where it would be at sunrise and sunset and the pattern that would be created. I took a number of set shots so if I came back again in the right light then I’m all ready to go. I was simply playing tourist and came away with that kind of photo and that’s just fine.
Photo captured by D3x, 24PC-E on Lexar UDMA digital film