Have you ever made plans to go shoot at a location, months in advance and then once you arrive on location, you can’t get to that spot? We ventured to The Palouse Falls last fall, it was gorgeous! I was soooo looking forward to photographing it with the winter runoff but sadly because of a tragedy, it was closed to the public. That meant finding something else to shoot and with a week of gorgeous, rolling hills and red barns, it was time for a change. I was told about a ghost town, Elberton, so decided to check it out.
We all conjure up different mental images of a ghost town. With my decades at Bodie, that’s what came to my mind. Elberton is nothing like Bodie and certainly not The Palouse Falls. So when I parked, disappointment instantly set in. And with disappointment comes, yep, no desire to take photographs. This is especially true when you aren’t as a friend of mine would say, “Not feeling the love.” SO what do I do in these situations?
There are a couple of things I do personally when this scenario happens. The first is to pull out a lens that is the least likely to be the natural for the location. In this case, I started with the 8-15Fish on the D850. With that, I went looking for a subject. The light on the hoop caught my attention (there were only 4 subjects to pick from so not really difficult). OK, that first click was passable so the funk started to fade. After some time walking, the light mellowed and looking back at the hoops, I got out the next unlikely lens, the 105 f1.4 so the background business would disappear somewhat and the hoop would pop. Then as the light faded, even more, I saw the last shot that I really like. I always surprise myself when I successfully work through a photographic funk. Next time when I’m in one, I’ll remind myself of the time with the ghost hoop.