...spring sunsets

Is it just me or do spring sunsets just feel good for the soul?

Last Thursday evening had great potential to be an amazing, spring sunset.  Calgarians are very familiar with a Chinook arch.  The tell-tail bank of clouds form a perfect curved arch that brings warm air to our city and Thursday's arch was locked and loaded. When the arch is there at sunset, the sun light at the horizon lights the belly of the arch and boom! Fire in the sky.

The drive home couldn't end soon enough.  I ran inside grabbed my bag and headed for Fishceek. One of the benefits of living in south Calgary is I'm 300 meters from some great landscape locations in Fishcreek provincial park.

OK, check the sunset time, 7:30. Current time 6:45pm.  The location I had in mind, I guessed, was about a 15 to 20 minute walk.  Time to motor!!! LoL I was off.

My feet couldn't move fast enough.  I thought if anybody saw me they'd think I was training for that weird looking speed walking event they have at the Olympics.  Yep, I was a speed walker... definitely speed walker!!! 

Oh, look Canadian Geese coming in for a landing!  No!!! Must keep walking. Sunset, got to get this sunset. Go, Go Speed Racer! Nothing was going to distract me from my sunset mission. 

I got to the little pond and was pleasantly surprised to see open water.  (In March that doesn't happen often.) I set my bag down and started to set up my tripod.



So here's comes the idea for this weeks blog. It's about giving a tip this week!

When setting up a tripod, extend the legs before or after you've reached the actually spot your going to shoot. Never walk and futz with your tripod at the same time. Especially when that spot is on the banks of a freshly thawed Canadian pond in March......yep....  I.... um....... well..... I was so distracted looking at the sunset that I.... um... well... I stepped firmly into the pond with my left foot and drowned my ankle. Doh!!  Ccccc-cold.

Oh well, got to get the shot, right!?! Soggy foot yes, but a sunset was in front of me and I got the shots. Oh yeah! From now on I'll be know as "Wet-Foot-Photog."

'Till next and there will be a next time.