In photography, and life, there are times when you seem destined to come up empty. You set out toward a goal with the best of intentions but, conditions change and it appears there is nothing to be salvaged from what you see. Despite the gloomy outlook there is something there; there is always something there. You have to believe in what you are doing.
A critical element in the creative process is having vision. However, it is equally important to able to adapt and keep moving forward when confronted with an obstacle. Too often people quit or lose their enthusiasm too easily. Think outside the box. Embrace the challenge. Improvise, adapt, and overcome.
Last week during our Bold Coast of Maine workshop our group was confronted with daily overcast skies. Yes, we hoped for dramatic fog and colorful light to showcase scenes of harbors, lighthouses, and the unique coast but, that did not happen. The answer was not, and could not be, to quit. We made something out of nothing.
One afternoon we stood on the rocky coast and created a different perspective from the lackluster scene. The sky was gray with minor definition. The ocean was gray. The rocky shoreline was a mix of tones and textures but, mostly gray. The scene was flat and uninteresting but, instead of giving up due to the lack of color we embraced the monochromatic features of a longer exposure. Moving water would turn white, dark rocks would stand in contrast to the lighter toned shore, and skies would darken and bring out more detail. We used Neutral Density filters as the tool to create longer exposures but, what the scene really required was the ability to see beyond the obvious and imagine what could be.
Photograph What You Feel
The Bold Coast
Fujinon 14mm f2.8 lens
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