Have you ever gone out to take pictures and you just don’t make any? It’s happened to me a few times. Yesterday the afternoon looked nice and I went on the road to nearby Irazu volcano to photograph nice clouds and the landscape below. I don’t know if I was just too focused in this particular type of image or the weather did not help but I spent the first two hours wandering around without seeing any images.
I was frustrated and I decided to change my point of view by driving back. All the time I was hoping to find landscape and front or side-lit clouds. Now I was facing the setting sun and desperately hoped I would see something that would resonate with my vision, even if I had to change my intentions.
Drizzle from the mountain began to fall towards the west and all of a sudden the air filled with gold. Light was beautiful but there was no subject! I stopped the car in front of two large live oak trees and made… a nice colored but boring picture of two trees. After kicking myself in the rear for wasting precious minutes (the sun goes down really fast in the tropics) I tried to relax and think about the situation.
What was nice about the drizzle? Its golden color in backlight. Shoot just the drizzle? No way: it looks good in relation to the surroundings. Was there a subject in that direction? I walked to the edge of the road and looked downhill. The photo you see here is just what I saw and I only needed to walk around a bit to make sure the leafless tree was in a nice place relative to the horizon. Straight shot. Just a bit of curves adjustment to keep the gold in the drizzle.
So, did I have photographer’s block and I overcame it, or did lady luck finally smile at me?
I don’t want to know.
I got a keeper.
Has this happened to you before? Do you think Photographer’s block actually exists?