Yesterday, I got a bit stir crazy from playing the social media game for hours. I’ve lost count of how many times Shannon and I say we wish we had interns to deal with some of our social media stuff once in a while. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t hate interacting with people. Its great, when you share the same passions. It’s just not great when it feels like you’re wasting your time, sometimes.
Actually, the reason I took off in the afternoon was because I saw a local iphone photographer, Bob Pocan, post some shots to facebook. I’m usually stuck inside working, and don’t look outside often enough. His photos showed me that there were some great clouds passing over the valley, and convinced me that I should be out shooting.
I started on the east side of the valley, shooting from Roxy Ann peak, towards upper and lower table rock. There were passing showers, so my first thought was to do some long exposures during the day with my 10 stop ND filter. Then the clouds got thicker, and I decided I wanted to do some timelapse, as well as a few photos, instead. I wasn’t prepared (which is something Shannon and I just wrote about in our upcoming book,) and I got caught in a little bit of rain and hail. Whatever, it was fun…and cold. So cold that my phone refused to hold a charge.
After that, I ran home to charge my phone, eat, grab a good jacket, and then drove out to the west side of the valley, up Mt. Ashland. I hadn’t been up to the ski area before, and I think I might have found a new favorite sunset spot. At least, in these partly cloud conditions, it was awesome. The clouds were glowing reddish pink, a few layers deep. Right behind me, when I took this shot, was an equally awesome view of a valley and Mt. Shasta.
There was just one problem, my camera quit working when the light blew up. I got an “err” message. I’m still not quite sure what the issue was, because my camera is working again now. It might have been where the lens meets the body, or a shutter issue. I wonder if it was the sub freezing temps. It was disappointing, not being able to use my Nikon while the light was so beautiful, and it was a sad drive home. At least everything is working again, now.
Also, one thing that I was reminded of while I was out shooting today was the old saying, “f/8 and be there.” It’s not so much about using f/8 as your aperture, as it is about just being there. You can’t get the shot if you’re in front of your computer, liking other people’s posts. Go, be there.