There are times when you want to take your camera out of the bag, but just don’t seem to have anything interesting to photograph. Or at least, you think you don’t. The truth is, however, that you can make just about anything interesting if you put the right spin on it.
I recently went out into a field looking for wildlife. Unfortunately, there wasn’t any. I continued searching, but to no avail. There was nothing but the open field and the trees of a surrounding forest. And the forest was unfortunately just as vacant. I was about to give up, but then, I noticed the sky; vivid blue with high clouds sweeping by in quite the rush.
My first impression was to take a long exposure of the clouds, but unfortunately didn’t have neutral density filter. Without something to majorly reduce light, any exposure long enough to catch the motion of the clouds would overwhelm the scene with white. But then, I happily remembered that there was an infrared lens in my bag. Of course, infrared is a far different effect (but still quite nice) than what first came to mind, but that’s perfectly alright. It actually would have been nice to have both effects, but the IR did of course allow the shutter to stay open for a very long time, recording a significant time lapse of cloud motion, which was ultimately what I was after. And as you can see, the ultimate result was a very dramatic sky seen in a unique light.
Sometimes, finding the right shot is just a matter of keeping your eyes open. I want looking for some wildlife, but in spite of the fact that none could be found, I still didn’t leave empty handed. In the same way, you can find latent opportunities by just looking around a little.
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