Images by Jteee | Planning and Execution

Planning and Execution

July 08, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

The majority of really well done landscape photographs begin with a vision and a plan.  Sites are scouted ahead of time, the light is studied, the perspective is reviewed, the best time of day is evaluated, etc., etc.  That doesn't mean that great photos can't be a product of "being at the right place at the right time", as many are as well.  But...

So, as I am always on the lookout for that great opportunity, this vision popped into my head regarding our hay field and the mountains in the background.  As the hay guy was finishing up baling our pasture, I thought about a photo at sunset with the pasture full of bales, the mountains in the background, the sunset colors with clouds over the mountains, etc.  You can kind of envision it right?  The past week the sunsets have been really colorful, and the clouds quite dramatic, so I think (this is the vision part) that this is really going to be good.  Since the hay guy doesn't come back until Tuesday to stack, I have one evening to pull this off (part of the planning part).  Monday morning I scout the scene, and determine where I want to be for the magic to happen.  All day, nice puffy clouds, and I wait in great anticipation for the evening colors to materialize, and I can move into the execution part.  As evening approaches, I see that mother nature has not paid attention to my planning part.  The clouds begin to diminish (the first cloudless evening in over two months), the light begins to turn flat, and all I am left with is "a plan", "a vision", but execution, not so much. Sigh.  Landscape photography can be well thought out, but in the end, the most critical element to a successful photo (the weather) is completely out of your control.  So as you view these cloudless, colorless photos, just envision beautiful pastel clouds with a glow on the mountains, and we can all pretend that the execution worked out.


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