It was quite late and I was returning to my lodgings just outside of Whitby on the East coast of England. I had been location shooting in Whitby, a famous fishing port after a very productive day I was looking forward to that nights edits of my photo’s however there was something in the way the sunlight was reflecting off the cloud cover, I have had experience of evenings like this usually leading to either stunning sunsets or crushing disappointments. Tonight was to be very productive.
Parking in a lay by off the busy road I set up my tripod and camera and waited for the golden hour, that time between the sun going down and the illumination of the clouds, whilst waiting I became aware of the bleating of sheep. I was very fortunate in the fact that the field I was adjacent held a small flock of sheep, keeping my exposure locked and metering from a bright cloud to ensure that I could maintain good balance I hoped one or more of the sheep would breach the ridge line.
A cold hour later one decided to put me out of my misery, by this time my feet were sodden and my teeth chattering, relying upon exposure bracketing I shot about twelve frames.
Once I returned to my computer I was more than surprised at the results, the golden sunset frames the silhouette of the sheep and thanks to the resolving power of my Fuji XM-1 I also managed to show every blade of grass.
A shot more than worth an hour in a damp ditch at the side of the road.
Photography can be so disappointing and yet when you think the days shoot is at an end keep looking at photo opportunities one like this might present itself.