Almost Missed It
I was in Blowing Rock, North Carolina not long ago. If you've ever been there or anywhere nearby you've most likely traveled the Blue Ridge Parkway. Believe me, you'd remember it. With its stunning views and picturesque scenery, driving along the parkway makes you feel like you're the stunt driver in a sports car commercial. Winding here and there, taking hard corners that open up to gasp-worthy vistas, you quickly come to appreciate the majesty of the oldest mountain range in the world.
If your'e a photographer of any stripe you probably can relate to the dilemma of asking yourself, "should I go shoot that?" I mean, I was giddy to go out and shoot everyday when I bought my first good camera and I'm glad I did. Besides, I was on the road a lot then and photography quickly became a great road hobby for me. I learned a lot about shooting in a short time just by simply going out and taking a lot of (bad) pictures. In time, I think I mainly started learning how to see - photographically, that is.
Over the years, however, I've become less inclined to just take pictures for shooting sake. I guess I spent so much time on my computer editing and weeding out the duds that I decided to do some of the weeding out before taking the photo in the first place. I never really had much use for mid day landscapes with boring, clear blue skies so why shoot them to begin with? Not to say there aren't some situations where those shots can work (i.e. my pier photograph titled "Pause", shot at midday) but a view of the Rocky Mountains at 2 pm is typically no match for the same shot captured at dawn or dusk.
So this brings me to the point of this post. These images almost didn't happen because I was debating whether I'd really find anything worth photographing. Let's just say I'm glad I said yes to the opportunity!