Landscape photography is as much about the light and weather as it is about the landscape itself. In fact an average landscape scene can be transformed into a stunning vista in the right conditions. So many times however, like fishermen, the tale of the one that got away is left on our lips. Why, because that amazing light, those perfect conditions, they are just an inch away from average light and disappointment. It is rare, which is part of its attractiveness.
On this particular trip Les and I had seen the forecast for mist and fog on the news the night before. Fog and mist can be really great at adding mood to the landscape. Les's first thought was to head up to the lookout over the Wanganui River, but when we got there the only view we saw was of thick grey fog rolling up the river valley. Not to be deterred Les had a backup plan, so we decided to head further into the Parapara Ranges till we climbed above the fog.
When I first thought about going to Castlepoint and looked at the possibilities, I looked at Google Earth and saw the moon rising over the reef. In fact the image on Google Earth that day looked pretty close to the image above. Virtual scouting is a valuable tool to have in your kit bag.
Modern day software gives us tools to help us with all kinds of problems. From the software applications that run on our phones to the applications we use to process images, they give us the ability to things easier and faster. But easier and / or faster is not always better.
The winds blow in, the clouds descend, the landscape darken and the rain falls. The moodiness of the landscape is dramatic and the atmosphere feels charged with energy. Most people head indoors but some, stay out to watch the show, to feel nature and see the beauty.
Images that leave you with more questions than answers can be quite fun. In this case as the man stood there I wondered what is the man thinking, what lead him here and why is he alone? There just simply isn't enough information to answer these questions.