Ok so it’s about the weather again but in a different way.
This story began on my travels last year. I had arrived in Iceland hoping to capture some aurora. My two fellow travelling photographers (1 was a local) and I set out to circumnavigate the Island. On the second day, the local photographer advised that there would be good aurora activity that night but we may not see it because the forecast was for overcast skies. To which I replied “don’t worry it will be clear”. Even as we headed for dinner the clouds were still dark and gloomy looking. As we finished dinner, the local decided that he would go outside and check as he had received an alert to the activity above. I was slowly following him out when he turned around and said get your cameras we have aurora.
Each night I was asked what type of weather it was for tomorrow and in the morning what weather for the evening. Lets just say I was more accurate then the weather bureau including a prediction of a blizzard (well I wanted to see one so I requested it and it happened).
So this brings me to my current travel. Today it is raining (again) and it’s not what i ordered (so far), but i think i used all my Wish Craft yesterday on my most ambitious weather statement to date.
It all started just after the 4 of us left Svolvaer in Norway. T (i am only going to use the first letters of my travel companions and fellow photographers for no real reason other than it’s only 1 keystroke) discussed what he wanted for a photo shot that day, which was along the lines of a a red house, a good foreground and a rainbow. I turned and said to A, that “I take care of the rainbow if you take care of the red house”. Yeah right, conjuring up a rainbow is as easy as clicking your fingers.
Well it was just over 2 hours and a lunch later, and A liked the look of a frozen river area which had a small island with a red cabin on it. So we got out an took a couple of photos. About 5 minutes later a small rainbow appeared. I heard L who travelled with me in Iceland start to laugh and I was still chuckling over this a few hours later.
Photography and weather can be used as analogies for life in general. You can have a perfect blue sky day and the photo you take no matter how good the scenery is rather boring and cliche; or it can be overcast and miserable, but the the photo turns out to be exciting and dramatic.
To be honest i think all my weather requests were higher than average coincidences. Especially when today we are stuck inside again with the weather not being very friendly to “the way of the Photographers.” So the choice today is stay in or go out and see what possibilities there are.