Quick Shot: Never Too Late To Turn Around

I hate nothing more than a blown opportunity at a photograph. To think about the photos that "should have been" makes me sad and frustrates every part of my creative spirit. So, as a general rule, I try to avoid "should have been" photos.  

I flirted dangerously with a "should have" photo while in the Lake District. I had done the research to find a great location to setup for sunset and I went out an hour before sunset to setup and prepare for whatever Mother Nature had in store for me. The sun was slated to set around 9pm- at 8:30 it was looking pretty bad. The sky was full of a thick layer of grey clouds - the sun was lost behind it and there was no color to be seen. Cold and downtrodden, I called it around 8:40 - there was no way this dull sky was going to amount to anything. 

As I drove back to the campsite, my friend and I got busy chatting about the otherwise good day. About 10 minutes into the drive, I looked in the rear view mirror and all I saw was neon pink...... The sky had turned a shade of pink I had never seen before - I was incredible - and here I am driving AWAY from it! At this point the sun is about to set, but I peeled a quick U-Turn and hauled ass back to the spot we'd been setup at earlier. Thankfully I arrived in time to get some great shots of the neon pink reflecting off the water - there is very little editing in the images below... It was that good! 

There's a lesson here..... Don't give up on your photograph. And if you do, it's okay to turn the car around!  

Shot with the Leica SL and Leica f/0.95 Noctilux Lens.

Yes, it really did look like that. Very minimal edits done to this image.....

Yes, it really did look like that. Very minimal edits done to this image.....

The last drops of pink in the sky. I love how it turned the water pink.

The last drops of pink in the sky. I love how it turned the water pink.

Quick Shot: Martian

I am fairly certain I boarded a plane for Tel Aviv, Israel and a bus for Jordan. The in-camera GPS says I was still on planet Earth, but I'm still not convinced.....

Wadi Rum, Jordan, is arguably the only place I've ever travelled that left me wondering if I had taken a trip to someplace else in our solar system. The sand is neon orange, the rocks are florescent red, and the sky even had an orange shimmer with the dust in the sky. The result is an environment that is what most of us imagine Mars looks like, just with atmosphere and lifeforms!

If you have seen movies like the Martian, then you have seen Wadi Rum - it's unique bright orange look has attracted numerous filmmakers who want the extraterrestrial look. Of all the photos I took in Wadi Rum, this one is the most "Mars-like" to me - I was shooting up at this big sand dune and liked how the two rocks framed the sand pile. As knelt down to get the photograph, I could see a little bit of orange sand tinting the color of the sky. I shot from super low to the ground so that lots of the orange sand was in the view - the result is that you can barely make out a blue sky behind the overall orange-y look. 

This photo is probably the most emotional landscape photograph I have taken; I have discussed how certain people touched me as a photographer, but rocks don't tend to have that effect. In this case, I remember reviewing the image through the Leica SL's electronic viewfinder and thinking "this is totally bananas" - I couldn't believe that I was standing at the base of this orange sand dune taking this photograph. The experience leaves me thirsting for more opportunities to explore bizarre and surreal sites, but also grateful for the opportunities I have had!

Shot with the Leica SL and 24-90mm SL lens. Adjustments in Adobe Lightroom.