Yeterday I went out to Montaña de Oro state park in Los Osos, CA to catch the sunset. I ended up getting there long before the sunrise because I had to drop my dad off to pick up his car. Having all that extra time allowed me to walk along the bluffs and pick out my perfect spot.
I set up the tripod on the edge of a cliff and sat there for over 2 hours waiting for the perfect light, hoping there wouldn’t be an earthquake. Mostly because I didn’t want to see my gear go over the edge…who cares if I did haha. As I waited, I tried to shoot with my iphone a number of times, and the camera just couldn’t handle the wide dynamic range of the scene no matter what I did. It wasn’t until the sun was about to disappear that I got something useable.
One thing I noticed while sitting in the same spot for a couple of hours was I became much more aware of my surroundings. I was picking up on little details that I hadn’t noticed at first. It certainly helped that the cell phone service was very spotty. That forced me to be present instead of messing around online.