Every single once in a while, conditions and circumstances align perfectly and some unforeseen, amazing sight happens while I’m taking pictures. It rarely happens more than once a year, but it’s always memorable. Below, I’ll share some of my top features and invite you to do the same.
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Deer in Yosemite
I just got back from my second ever visit to Yosemite National Park within California, and although I am still processing my photos, I wanted to write about the incredible moment that I saw during my first morning there.
As I took a few pictures of El Capitan at sunrise with a friend of mine, a few deer wandered around the field behind us. I took a couple photos of them in the distance but mostly concentrated upon capturing the landscape.
Eventually, the deer had contacted much closer, with an attractive view of the valley and mountains behind them. I had in no way seen wild deer this close and immediately felt like it was one of those “moments” We mentioned where something incredible happens.
Skilled Yosemite photographers are probably laughing that I call something like viewing a deer in Yosemite Valley a serendipitous second. From what I hear, it is pretty common for them to get relatively close like this. But something about it felt really special to me. It was as though I were invisible while I watched the deer go about their morning schedule with such an amazing backdrop. They didn’t pay any attention to me at all – neither sniffing me out for food, nor wary plus running away.
I’ve taken photos that I like more, but hardly ever do I experience a moment within photography that’s so pleasant and memorable.
I’ve written about this one prior to , but one of the all-time favorite photography occasions was watching a sandstorm approach in Death Valley, then finding myself swallowed up in it. It was a humbling and frightening experience, even though thankfully I was in small danger of getting lost in the storm since I had several GPS with me.
Sometimes, I find personally categorizing the world into “nature” versus “civilization” which actually isn’t accurate. People have built some pretty good shelters contrary to the elements, but nature nevertheless holds all our lives in her hands. This encounter in Death Valley crystallized that fact for me. My outlook on the natural world hasn’t been the same since.
After a cold, windy hike through the rain, I remember position with my back to a small lighthouse in the most sheltered direction on the Faroe Islands (and still not sheltered enough). The day so far had been very dreary – lots of rain and hardly any sunlight. It looked like it would be the non-sunset.
But right as the day ended, the sun broke through the clouds in just the right spot:
The rainbow soon started to form. I frantically set up my tripod while Nasim began to fly his drone, plus both of us managed to have a few pictures in quick succession as the conditions turned out to be practically perfect for photography.
The rainbow lasted long enough to allow for a multi-image vistas, while Nasim managed to not lose control of his jingle in the tricky conditions.
Something about standing in the dullest of conditions within the cold, then suddenly seeing one of the best sunsets of my entire life, struck me as quite emblematic of my experiences with landscape photography. In no way count out a sunset, no matter how bad the situations may look. It could generally surprise you.
Fog in the Wilderness
One more unexpectedly good moment We experienced as a photographer was on our Middle East course in early 2020, the last period before the pandemic that I could do any meaningful photography. The group was in the Liwa Desert in Abu Dhabi during a very foggy sunrise, and we had mostly been taking pictures of camels plus camel herders. The golden light from sunrise in no way reached us, but it has been fun to take some foggy desert photos anyway.
Even as we were about to leave, some sun started peeking through the fog. I decided to fly on an airline my drone just in case, even though I didn’t expect much because it seemed to be foggy in all directions. The initial video feed through the drone confirmed that impression – just clouds plus fog everywhere I looked.
Then the drone climbed above the clouds, and a towering view associated with sand dunes was visible below.
My heart skipped a beat when I saw it on the monitor. As much as I like the photos I took that early morning, there’s something about seeing a live feed and controlling the drone’s airline flight pattern that can’t end up being replicated online. It was like looking down from the windowpane of a plane, or even flying a plane. Although I know that not all photographers love the idea of drones, that time made me understand their potential to see the world inside an unique way when used carefully.
Your Favorite Moments?
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