There was one thing I hadn’t accounted for before waking at 3 am and driving over an hour for this photo shoot. I had researched the Boothbay Harbor area, went to bed at 8pm, and even charged my camera batteries (very unlike me). Now, standing on this magical dock just before sun-up, the one critical detail I had overlooked now dawned on me (pun intended). It was completely cloudy. My plans to capture the perfect sunrise shot of this picturesque Maine lobstering village (my father’s hometown even!) seemed to be taking an unexpected downward spiral. Rather than photographing early morning rays of sunlight as they added stunning contrast to the harbor, I was stuck in a haze which gradually lightened as the sun rose somewhere to the East, unseen through the clouds.
Partially to sooth my aching pride I decided to go with this turn of events and shoot whatever I could from the locations I had planned out. The results weren’t what I had expected, but after some post-processing, I’m slowly growing to appreciate the ethereal quality of the hazy grey conditions.
Although things didn’t go as planned, every time I research an area ahead of time and plan out specific shots, my shooting day goes more smoothly. It helps a lot to look at what other photographers captured from the area and then take a few minutes to sketch out shots I hope to capture which could provide a unique angle on the subject.