I’ve come to the conclusion that I either need a bigger backpack, a smaller camera, or to hit the snooze button one less time.
I love my Nikon D3000, don’t get me wrong; but sometimes its’s inconvenient to carry around a bulky 5″x5″x5″ block of camera. I don’t know how many shots I’ve missed simply because I didn’t have a camera handy. I know it’s been said, and I agree, that the best camera for the job is the one in your bag. I’ve seen some excellent shots taken with camera phones. Not only have I missed shots from poor preparation, I’ve missed shots because I’m always running from place to place. If I had time to pull over to the side of the road, well, who knows?
I drive by the Dolby Flowage each day on my way to work. Each day I watch the sun rise in the east over the majestic land fill, filter through the cattails, and make that otherwise ugly body of water look pretty. And every day, I’m rushing by, no camera in sight, trying to get to work on time. There’s this little red tree poking through a wall of green that the sun hits just right at 6:50. The problem is, the days are getting shorter, and the magical moment is going to keep getting closer and closer to my punch-in time of 7:00.
Friday I planned ahead. I had camera charged and in my bag. I even set my alarm ahead a few minutes to hedge my bets. The funniest thing happens when you pull over on the side of the road between East Millinocket and Millinocket. One of four things, actually. First, a lovely couple from New York pulled over to make sure I was alright. Stereotype-busters there, huh? A portion of people went waaay to the other side of the road to avoid hitting my car, which was parked well off the road on the right. A larger portion seemed to inch as close to me as they dared. The best were the people who craned their necks as they whizzed by, hoping to get a peek at whatever I had deemed important enough to stop and photograph.
Anyway, here are my spoils. I love how the rising sun changes the amount of light, quality of blue in the sky, and overall feel for each picture. It must have only been 30 minutes from first shot to last. I missed the perfect sunrise-meets-my-red-tree moment because I just couldn’t wait any longer.