Wednesday, September 7, 2011

My Solitude Interrupted

This past weekend I was up before dawn out on one of my favorite "Scenic View" sights off the Blue Ridge Parkway to (hopefully) get some good photographs of sunrise. The mountains were at their best with the mist rising from the valleys and circling the hills as the color changed from deep purple to light pink. I was alone and in my element. Suddenly a car pulled up, stopped abruptly and this gentleman jumped out, opened his trunk, grabbed a camera and a tripod, and headed toward the edge of the parking area. He then exclaimed, "Oh, I'm too late."

Being polite, I said, "Not quite." Although, he would never know what he had, in fact, missed. He immediately set up his tripod and started firing off shots (with his hand held remote shutter release I noticed.) I just continued, nonchalantly, taking my pictures, adjusting my tripod to get the exact angle I wanted (trying to act like I really knew what I was doing). I moved past him to the other side to get  some shots of the far north eastern view. As I did I noticed he was using square filters (a sure sign of someone who knows what they are doing.)

As the sun rose and our frenzy calmed, he asked me what kind of Nikon I was using. (He was a Cannon guy.) Then he asked if I was a professional. I answered no,  that I just enjoyed landscape photography. Then he proceeded to tell me about the local venues he had photographed and sold. "Let me show you one." Before I could politely say something like, "Please don't" or "Spare me", (I already knew he was way out of my league) he pulled out his iPhone and carefully scrolled until he came to one. He turned the screen around to show me a panoramic photo of a sunrise over a valley with the mountains in the back ground. Really? (In all the times I had been in the mountains I had never seen such colors.) 

Then he proudly explained to me that he had "stitched" twelve shots together to get the picture (that alone was impressive) and, of course, he had to apply some post production. You think? I complimented him and then he shared some things with me that included him telling me his wife was a cancer survivor, he never could get the shots he wanted in the state park because of the number of people there, his favorite place to shoot was the waterfalls, and he was waiting for Cannon to release their new camera. Please, stop! Did I look like Oprah?

I finally (politely) made my departure, not having any idea what images I had been able to capture.

When I got home, this is one I found (it has very little post production, ie cropping etc.) 

So all was not lost after all.


Laraine Caldwell said...

BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm envious--of your being there . . . and of your photography.

AC said...

Thanks Laraine - It was a beautiful morning.