Ever have a bad day? A day where no matter what you do nothing seems to flow properly. The coffee pot is full of grounds, your computer has decided to slip into a coma and no matter how hard you try to get ahead on your work load, you fall further behind. Well I'm here to tell ya it happens to all of us. We all, at some point, have a bad day. A day where we wish we could hit delete and redo it from the beginning.
I love to grab my camera bag and head out for a day of not knowing where I'm going or what I'm going to shoot. A photoHuch treasure hunt! That's what I did Saturday. Full tank of gas, a large coffee and I was off. Where to.... no clue. To photograph what... no idea. Usually this results in a cool new location / subject and a bunch of new photos to pull of a memory card.
I headed west. I was thinking of rundown barns. For some reason I just couldn't get into the mindset for the hunt. Maybe I should've tried harder, because the days results were sadly disappointing for this camera nerd.
I ended up at Vermillion lakes, near Banff around 3:30pm. The worst time of day to shoot landscapes. Golden hour is best around sunrise or sunset. Still, I was determined to get something. So I began to scout for a great location.
At 4:30 the clouds began to move in from the west. Doh!
At 4:45 the clouds were having a party and were not going anywhere. In fact they had invited more friends to join in. Doh!!
I tried all the usual tricks to come up with different or unique ideas. Black n white, clouds in motion, HDR, multiplicity selfie but.... I was defeated. Nothing was turning out they way I thought about it in my head. Doh!!!
By 5, after taking a dozens of shots I admitted defeat. There would be no great fire in the sky sunset. Too much cloud cover. Time came to take my ball and go home. I threw my gear in the truck and headed for home. DOH!!!!!
Merging back onto the highway at Canmore, coffee cravings freshly quenched, I was greeted by clear skies, all the way east back to Calgary. If I would had stayed around Calgary I would of had more to show for my day then just one disappointing "keeper". Double DOH!!!
Oh well, rant over! Holy first world problems eh?!
The one and only keeper shot is below. Just click on it to see a larger view.
'Till next time, and the will be a next time.