I was just in northeastern Ohio to give a one-day seminar, and flew in a few days early to explore and photograph the area. What a beautiful place! Rolling hills, farmlands, great parks with streams and slate ledges that the water normally trickles over - it was terrific. Unfortunately, we had gray, drizzly days and pouring rains, too, but we persevered and managed to make a few good pictures from it all. I had wanted to see the Amish countryside, a place with bucolic farm scenes and rolling hills of corn and oats. I had also always wanted to capture one of those scenes with a horse and buggy going through it. But it was not to be this trip - the weather made the skies too bright and lacking in detail, and the mist created a too-soft situation for distant shots. We wandered about nonetheless, looking at all the options "if only" the weather was different. I do this alot - scouting, "sketching" sometimes with a snapshot or to, to plan ahead. While doing that at one stop, I liked how the trees curved over a dirt road and said to my colleagues "wouldn't it be nice if a horse and buggy came over the hill through those trees?" They agreed, and to our amazement, about 5 minutes later, one did! I liked how it was silhouetted against the space behind, which was open fields grayed out by the mist. But as it dropped below the crest, the buggy disappeared in the dirt of the lane and the picture was not as strong. Still pondering the change, I was about to miss a good photo-op when my brain suddenly kicked in and yelled "they're coming straight towards you - get ready for a closer image!" I quickly moved to the right of the road and pulled back on the zoom lens to capture a moment when they went by - and had only one chance as they were now hurrying along. But that one chance worked out, because I had it on continuous frame shooting mode, to get several frames as they went past me. Only one worked - with the little boy looking straight at me in all his sweetness and the father looking off to see the intersection with another road.
Sometimes you get lucky - but our "luck" was because we had not given up the search for good photos, knowing they were out there in spite of the weather. And sometimes, "bad" weather creates good photo ops - as in the creek with falls and leaves. So all in all it was worth the daily tumble out of bed for exploring in the wet grayness, and thanks to my new friends in northeastern Ohio, I have seen an area of the country I never explored before.
Have a great week of photography, everyone!