Against the Elements
One day out, three usable shots!! Visiting my new nephew in Borden, WA with my daughter, I thought I would (as always) use the opportunity to catch some shots on the journey. But it turned into an epic battle against mother nature, and my semi-loved child. The wind was fierce, which in turn made it hard to get a sharp shot, and my trusty side kick refused to get out of the car (in fear of messing the hair I am sure).
Picture this! There I was in the howling winds, on the side of a major road, Road Trains zooming by trying to change lenses. I turned my back to the wind (facing the road) struggling to stay upright and a gust of wind blows my t-shirt almost over my head and my bits saying hello to all and sundry. Truck driver grins and gives me a wave!! Mortified, I tuck my t-shirt into my pants reminiscent of a horrible 80’s fashion disaster and try to snap a shot and literally get blown over on my butt.
Feeling a little put out, I look over at my loving child in the car for some assistance, only to see her in the driver’s seat with a maniacal grin waving the car keys at me threatening to drive off and leave me to the elements (and rogue truck drivers). I get to the car, and she has locked me out! Laughing hysterically until she cries, she has the music pumping, pretending I don’t exist.
At this stage, I used “The Look”!! Any mother will tell you “The Look” usually yields results. Unfortunately my Hairy Eyeball lost some of its punch along with my dignity at the preceding comedy of errors. When I eventually got in the car the next 50km or so were fairly silent, except for the occasional snigger from my child!!
So here is one of the shots I managed.
Canon 5D Mark II – 17-40mmL – Graduated ND8 & ND4 filters for the sky. And a few tricks learned from the Guru Christian Fletcher to tickle the image. If you are thinking of doing one if his courses, I highly recommend it, you will learn so much!!