The three photos above have found their forever home. (Happy Dance, Happy Dance)
I am so pleased the collector chose this set of photos. They belong together! The black and white shot of the Carillon was taken on a very cold, rainy morning. I was standing under a massive golf umbrella to protect my camera. A few different shots, a few different compositions; I picked the "keeper".
I picked up my tripod, turned around, walked thirty feet across a bridge and took the photo of the wet trail. I was still holding that huge umbrella. When I was satisfied with the shot, I trudged back to my car and hit the road.
I drove to one of the many rural areas that skirt Frederick. A vision of sunrise over South Mountain flicked through my brain and then settled. My hopes for a successful shoot were fading by the minute because of the cloud cover and continued rain.
I had just about talked myself into being satisfied with the previous photos and heading home. As I drove the bridge over the Monacacy River, I caught a glimpse of gold out the corner of my eye. (Let's celebrate peripheral vision!)
I made a u-turn in the nearest drive and parked at the midpoint of the bridge. (Trekking for photographs before dawn on a rainy Saturday has benefit - no traffic.)
The rain stopped - for thirty seconds - which is the exact time of this exposure. The sky filled with gold and purple; the river flowed golden. THIS was thirty seconds of perfection.
"There's nothing worth photographing where I live."
How many times have people said that to me? Yes, there is. You have to be willing to look for it. You have to learn - and be willing - to see differently. You have to be willing to go out in the rain, snow, and the night. And, when you act on that willingness, beautiful things can transpire.
Start where you are. Use what you have. And celebrate when it all comes together. Yeah!
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