Know When to Fold ‘Em

It’s easy to look at a setting sun and say well, there’s no clouds or haze. Nothing to make this a good sunset. Guess I’ll just pack up.

That’s what I could have done when I was shooting this photo in Rocky Point (Puerto Penasco), Mexico on the Sea of Cortez. The conditions all looked like I was in store for a decidedly meh kind of a sunset.

But I kept my eye on the horizon, noticing the changing tone and the tour boat slowly making its way into the frame. Suddenly I realized the color tones in the sky were rapidly warming up. Things happen very fast during this part of a sunset. I lifted my camera up and took an exposure.

Good but not great. Then just as the colors of the sunset peaked, the tour boat moved into almost a perfect part of the frame to balance the setting sun and it’s reflection on the sea. Another shot and I had what I wanted.

Not a minute before I was thinking about packing my camera in the bag and leaving but I thought just maybe…

In photography you have to know when to hold ‘em and know when to fold ‘em.


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