Saturday, February 18, 2012
The challenges of light, weather, season, and the unpredictability of it all is only part of what makes landscape photography so appealing to so many. Anytime you try to capture something special in the natural world you're going to be at the mercy of the elements. It took me over 15 yrs to catch a photo of a waterspout. I missed a total solar eclipse in 1991 because of heavy cloud cover. Many nights on the side of a mountain years ago yielded a lot of photos of zero meteors - not for lack of trying nor the number of simultaneous camera setups. Recently I got lucky with a breaching whale, but I still think that was a fluke. :) And I have yet to catch a green flash photo I'm truly happy with. It often takes many attempts and a lot of expense to capture something rare in nature unless you're just lucky.
This isn't quite as rare as a total eclipse, but it is a bit like a rainbow or sunset. About all you can do is show up and be ready. Everything after that is a crap shoot. If what you came for happens, you're golden. Like sunset at Horsetail Falls Yosemite in February.