Look The Other Way
February 21, 2016
Today I'd like to share a lesson I learned early on this winter. Thankfully it wasn't a particularly harsh lesson, but an important one none-the-less.
I was out photographing sunrise at Two Jack Lake. It was -26C (-15F). I was fairly cold, and so I tried my best to stay focused on the task at hand. I set up and stared intently in the direction the sun would rise.
Waiting patiently, the light began to change. But it didn't change as I had hoped. Rather than being purple and pink, it was just yellow and there were no clouds. I'm very happy with the shot, but it's not what I set out to capture.
Just as I'm packing up to head back to the car, I realize that directly behind me is a beautiful scene, and it's mere moments away from ending. The moon was big, bright, and beautiful, and it was floating just above the warm sun-kissed peak of the mountain behind me.
I quickly changed lenses, ran to a good vantage point, and got what I could before the light turned boring and the moon moved out of view.
The lesson here is simple: LOOK THE OTHER WAY!
Sometimes there is something beautiful staring you in the back.