Originally uploaded by Alan Norsworthy
How long do you stand and wait?
Minutes, seconds, hours, months?
You, yes you laddie (tip of the hat to Pink Floyd and 'The Wall), call yourself a photographer ? When all you do is drive by, have a quick look at a scene, maybe fire off a shot or two and be on your way?
Photography is an art of patience, sometimes we forget that just because we record that fleeting moment in an instant doesn't mean that we did not have to wait for that moment to arrive.
A case in point..
On Saturday morning we stole a few hours to drive the back roads looking for fog.
Having found a suitable location we waited, recording a few images yes but waiting. You see we were after the sunrise, that one moment when it crested the tree's and began to flood the valley with light. Several images were taken as the moment came and went.
But that isn't all, you see we also wait to see what else happens, not only in this one spot but in this local area.
Maybe not for today but for how a future sunrise will affect the scene. For tomorrow is different from today but the information is stored away for another time and we will be back to stand and wait in expectation. Waiting for the moment that we envisage to (hopefully) materialise.
My friend Patrick has taught me that and constantly reminds me.
I think it has made me a better observer therefore a better photographer.
Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson