As I’m sure we all know, photography is often an exercise in patience. The bird to take flight or the light to get just right, whatever it may be, we all seemingly wait for something. The story of patience is the lesson behind this image. Initially my muse was captivated by this solitary sailboat making its way back from sea. I was drawn to the image and wanted to create a composition that reflected that isolation amidst the vastness of surrounding sea and sky. I began making photos of it. After a few images, I put my camera down. All the time feeling the image was flat. I kept thinking to myself I wish I had a flash and remote trigger onboard to add some light to that sail. Maybe tomorrow I could find the boat captain, get my lighting gear on board, and try it? Yup, we photographers think like that.
However, after a few minutes of reflecting on my rather complicated lighting plan I noticed that the sail of the boat began to fill with the breeze and catch the light. I knew my time was short so I scrambled for my camera and was able to make a few images. A much more complicated lighting plan was unfolding before me. A single beam of light that originated over 92 million miles away made its way through the universe, dodged a storm on the Caribbean and lit that lone sail on the sea. After all that, my lighting plan seemed pretty simple.
I guess the lesson is less about patience but more about lighting plans. Next time you are having a hard time figuring out how to use that second flash of yours. Think about how hard Mother Nature has it!