Perhaps landscape photography is like Vegas, The House Always Wins. But seriously landscape photography is definitely a pursuit without any guarantees. All the planning, the travel, the gear prep, the early mornings, doesn’t matter because nothing ensures that you’ll return with a bevy of stunning images.
In December we have a, newly annual, tradition of heading over to Vancouver Island for a winter celebration of my Wife’s birthday. And for this trip I planned for us to say in Shirley BC just north of Sooke. And by happenstance there was a lighthouse, Sheringham Point Lighthouse, and a bakery, Shirley Delicious, which btw is a must stop.
And the weather this trip, was, well, a very typical, stormy northwest week. But that didn’t stop me from trying, and mostly failing. But we got one, and only one, sweet break in the weather with a stormy ominous sky to the east and a partial sun break as the sun was setting to the west.
Which brings me to one more point about shooting lighthouses, they are placed as a navigation aide, not a model for photographing. So finding sweet compositions with amazing light is almost always a struggle. Luckily this one wasn’t too bad and we survived unscathed.
Ansel Adams is quoted as saying,
“Twelve significant photographs in any one year is a good crop.”
So I guess, one per trip is plenty.