A classic New England scene; something we take for granted in my neck of the woods. Scenes like this were missing from my region last fall and I was sorely disappointed. I couldn’t wait to get out and capture them with my camera. I’d only been shooting for four months when I took the photo above and I made plenty of mistakes. Since then I figured I’d learned a bit more and I was eager to get out as the seasons changed and give it another go. Sadly, the conditions never materialized.
It seems like every time we get a weather event it turns out to be far more extreme than expected. Twice in the span of two months we had major, even record-breaking storms, and both times I was literally trapped at my own house. Downed trees prevented me from grabbing my camera and recording the event as it unfolded. By the time our road was open and our power back on, the visual impact had significantly lessened, if not vanished altogether.
I try to “see” interesting things to photograph that are as close to home as possible. I know getting out and scouting the area is important and I should probably put a lot more emphasis on that during times when the weather or the light isn’t cooperating. Unfortunately, that’s not nearly as exciting or gratifying as shooting a great picture. But it would save a bunch of time on those mornings when I know I’ve got the right conditions. So I should make it a priority to get out and scout things a few times a month instead of leaving my success to chance and good luck.