...or why bother playing the game?
It is a lesson I learned playing tennis all my life and it applies just as well to Landscape Photography.
At the moment it is cloudy, very cloudy indeed. What a pity. According to the weather forecast it should have cleared up already...
It is 10.00pm and I am pretty much done with my sunset shot of the Bay of Caldeirinhas.
The reason why I am still here is that I want to make the most out of my 1-night stay in Faial, which means I would also like to have a go at the Milky Way here and, hoping it is not too much asking, take a sunrise image of Mount Pico from Porto Pim.
One thing at a time. The Galactic Centre of the Milky Way (which is the brightest part of it) is supposed to rise above the horizon around 11pm.
Well, no doubt it will rise above the horizon around 11pm, I am just not sure at all I will have a chance to photograph it.
While I am waiting, two people park their car close to mine. The guy approaches me and politely asks - What is it so interesting in the ocean that you keep shooting? -
Good question. I reply that I find the bay very beautiful and I hope I will be able to blend several long exposures to produce the image I have in my mind. Also, after this I will try to take a Milky Way shot of the same scene.
- The stars? Well, it's not gonna happen! It's cloudy, you see? -
Sure I see, but my answer is not just a yes.
- This is landscape photography - I say - A lot of frustration for a few priceless moments. -
There is always hope and there is always risk, but things can change very quickly when we are talking weather and light. Sometimes conditions change for the better, sometimes for the worse. It does not matter, really, since I am absolutely determined to stay here until I know the Milky Way will have moved so much to the right-hand side of the frame to kick my composition out of existence.
I stay because I simply have no choice, since I never give up until the game is over.
I would never forgive myself for having left too early and missed the opportunity to take the picture I wanted, especially since I do not go to Faial every week and not even every month.
So, this is why...
...I waited till 12.16am.
Baía das Caldeirinhas - Milky Way shot (25th July 2017, 00:16)
I have to thank my friend and great photographer Luciano Catozzi for the feedback he provided on the image, as that allowed me to produce a better final version of it.
Sure enough, the morning after I woke up early to shoot Mount Pico from Faial at sunrise.
Guess what? I was not as lucky as the night before and that is OK.
Mount Pico only showed its peak for a one minute, which meant about four 16s exposures.
I wanted the whole mountain, but it did not happen.
Here is my shot:
Fábrica da Baleia de Porto Pim - Faial, Azores
Until next time.. ciao ragazzi!