Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Sometimes it's luck with a little knowledge, other times...

They say luck or being lucky can happen. I think not. I believe in luck for sure, but luck is something one creates based on prior experience. And here is what I mean by that...

This summer (2012) we decided to go on a trip through northern Arizona all the way up to Colorado. Knowing it was monsoon season, I expected to see some pretty amazing stuff as this is one of my favorite subjects to shoot. Yes, storms with neat cloud patterns and of course lightning. But this time I had a sidekick along that wanted to learn how this is done. My son decided that taking photographs is a pretty cool hobby. So we jumped at any opportunity to shoot footage or get some neat shots. Cameras were always locked and loaded so to speak. That part had nothing to do with luck... that was the experience side. We always checked in on the local radar as well using our latest technology... my smartphone. Again knowledge, not luck. However, when it comes to weather, one can only hope that the storm patterns are on one's side. It also helps if there is a good road to drive on to stay ahead of such an event. This may be the luck part. Well in July of 2012 this all came together in one of the most famous and historical places in the west - Monument Valley. We shot. We conquered. The final result yielded some really nice footage (simply mouse over to see the clips, click on one to purchase):

The bottom line: If you want to capture nature at its finest, pay attention to it and study it. Learn to use the tools at hand and leverage technology. Who knows? You might just get lucky.

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