So this past week was a bit of a dud yet I'm pleased with what I ended up with. What happened? I'll first start with what I wanted to shoot this week. I wanted to take a photo of Mount Rainier from Seward Park at sunrise. Something like this:
Except at sunrise and with a better camera than an iPhone. I was thinking long exposure as well so the lake would be smoothed out. Unfortunately the weather was not cooperative last week. There was a brief window of a sliver of a possibility of some color on Wednesday morning. I decided that I would set my alarm for a little early and that I could easily zip over to Seward Park and grab the shot and head back in time for my daily 8:30 am meeting (the joys of working from home).
Come Wednesday morning... I slept in. I heard the rain and thought never mind. It's not worth getting up and going out in the rain. In that moment I realized I will never become a great landscape photographer because that requires early mornings and a willingness to go out in really crummy weather. Can I improve on this? Sure. However, I'm okay with being a mediocre landscape photographer if that means I can sleep in and stay out of really crummy weather. My lovely wife finally goaded me in to going to at least try to getting a shot. I grabbed my back pack and went out the door. I then tweaked my back as I SET DOWN MY BAG IN THE BACK OF THE CAR. Yeah, I'm definitely in my 40's now. My back hurt, a lot (fortunately my back was much better the next day with some Aleve and rest). I knew the good light was fading and I was running out of time. I persevered. I drove over to Seward Park. By the time I got there not only was the good light gone, what little there was, Mount Rainier was totally blocked by clouds. There was no shot to be had. I got back in the car and headed home to take some Aleve and to hope on a conference call.
I was bummed out. I wasn't sure what else I was going to do. I thought about maybe taking a photo of the dog snoozing on the couch. This would be an easy shot to get as he spends about 20 hours a day asleep on the couch. Plus what could be more easy? I've posted that shot many, many, many times on my Instagram feed. I did take a couple. You can see one of them below in this week's photo gallery.
Finally I decided that I would get out and take a photo of something that I wanted to shoot, not just check a box for the week (even if I was late at this point). During the day today(Tuesday) I noticed that the clouds were forming something that could be a nice background during sunset. I decided to go out and run down to Pritchard Beach. I warned the boy that we were going to go at 4:30 and to go take a photo for Daddy's photo project. He was eager to go tag along (I also told him he was going to be able to run around all over the park while I was taking the photo.) I thought nothing sounded more like a quiet moment than a beach in Seattle during the winter.
We got to the park and I took my first test shot. I realized I didn't like the composition so I adjusted my shot and then waited for the colors to get really nice. I think it worked out pretty well. I'm actually quite please with my shot overall. Next time I just need the weather and (more importantly) my motivation to cooperate.
You're going to get another blog post later this week. This week's theme is "Wildcard: Photographer's Choice." I'm not sure what I'm going to shoot. I do know that it's going to involve some film. I just need to figure out how I'm going to digitize my photos.