When you’ve obtained some experience being a landscape photographer, it’s easy to assume that the great light you’re waiting for is either going to happen within 10 minutes before or after sunset, or that it won’t happen at all, because that is probably what happens most of the time. It was no different earlier this month, and I found myself standing along the edge of the river at Oxbow Bend in Grand Teton National Park waiting for the perfect light. The clouds were right, there was sunlight making it through the cloud cover near the horizon – everything was set for a potentially fantastic scene.
A friend and I waited…and waited….until after sunset when it started to darken. Several other photographers in the area started packing up and leaving. I thought we should wait another five minutes, because I have been surprised before and I don’t ever want to miss an opportunity again. Waiting another five minutes sure made all the difference.