The Castle Sunset: Making the Best of the Time that you Have
One of the best things about living in a “regular” apartment in Korea is that I actually get to see the sky. For the past many years I have the luxury of watching the man of the 2nd floor of the adjacent building smoke cigarettes and spit. Sadly, for a landscape photographer this makes judging the skies a little difficult.
However, these days I can look up from my computer and not see an elderly man in his underwear smoking, but a beautiful sky. So on Sunday, I decided to head out and find a great location to shoot. Sadly, my first location was a fail. However, with the time that I had, I went to a favorite location that I knew that I could get to easily and that was close to some good coffee.
When you don’t have much time to get out and shot, you must do the best that you can with the time that you got. What that means is that you don’t have to go out wandering the country side hoping to find that secret dreamy location. You have to be quick and be ready, especially if the sunset is what you are after.
Choose you location before you leave
You don’t want to be wasting time like I did in testing out locations. If you don’t have much time then you must get yo your location quickly and get set up. If take shots from buildings where you need to wait to get access or hike to get to the top of a mountain then you really need to get to your location fast or you may miss the shot.
Know What You Want
Too often we are presented with a get sunset and have no idea what to do with it. Once you know the location then you can figure out what to do with the sunset or scene before you. With an understanding of what you want you can adjust your camera and your composition to achieve better results.
Work your Magic
Finally, work the scene to bring out its beauty. Once you know what you sort of want you can play around and see what else you can do. Often these experiments bring out some surprising results.