It’s Christmas Eve. I’m thinking of last-minute shopping, maybe getting a few last-minute projects out of the way …
And as I look out the window…
I see snowflakes.
Is there enough snow on the ground?
Is there enough time to get there and back?
Plans change in a second. Instead of my last-minute Christmas shopping …
I’m driving off to Washington County.
Specifically, the Rexleigh Covered Bridge in Salem, New York.
I’m still trying to get a wintry image of the covered bridge, and if it’s Christmas Eve, I should have limited traffic on the road and very few tire tracks on the bridge path.
One hour later, I arrive in Washington County.
And an initial photo test shows … I’m closer to my goal.
All right, Miller, let’s get closer. Can I get that angle from my previous test shots earlier this year?
This is working.
And let’s try a beauty shot from the right side of the bridge.
How about a deep shot inside the bridge? Straight on view and see if I can get the trail going upward?
With a lot of post-processing …
I came up with this.
Ooh. I like that one lots and lots. If I don’t get a better winter photo than this… this will be a submission for Competition Season 2019. For sure.
Okay… we’re closer. I like these shots – I like them more than the ones I took earlier this winter – but I know that if we get a big fat Nor’Easter, and if I can safely get to this shooting location, I will get the big fat winning photo for next year.
Yes, I know I’m focusing on this target over and over again… but I feel like I’m so close to hte image I want, and I just can’t let it go.
But as I drive home from my photo shoot …
I remember something.
This is the first photo shoot I’ve done since my cataract surgery. I’m not 100% healed yet – my left eye will take the blade in less than two weeks – but I’m feeling more confident in my photos and in traveling for same.
Especially if I can get shots like this.
This is proof that photography is therapy.