Patience and Persistence

February 4, 2015 - Supermoon

“Patience is not simply a ability to wait — it’s how we act while we’re waiting”

— Joyce Meyer


Patience for a photographer can be a waste virtue. Sometimes a ideal sketch usually isn’t there. And infrequently it never will be.

You can’t usually travel out a doorway any time we wish and fire a sunset. You can’t wish a waves would mangle over a rocks when they won’t. You can’t fire a full moonrise on an cloudy evening. And we can’t make that blue heron wade in front of a improved background.

But we have to try. Nothing happens though a attempt.

Sure, we need a decent camera, though not indispensably an costly one. An iPhone takes extraordinary shots, though it’s not good for everything. A prolonged lens brings we adult tighten … though zooming in on a lifeless theme will substantially outcome in a common photo.

Having a good eye and being peaceful to petiole an fugitive print is vital. The rest is planning, credentials and patience.

It doesn’t always compensate off. Like final year, on Aug. 10, when we gathering approach too distant stalking a ideal mark to fire a “super moon,” a second of 3 in a quarrel that would be additional vast and bright. we had worked too late and missed a first, and we was dynamic to try out my new prolonged lens on a second.

My nomadic track around Lake Palestine took me west, south, east, north and behind easterly again. Should have finished some-more allege work. None of a dozen spots worked if my iPhone app rightly pinpointed where a super moon would rise. But it was opening adult soon, and we had to decide.

I chose a spot, though we would have to travel a bit. Parking off a road, we crossed a highway and a overpass travelling a tiny bay. In a half-light, a forehead was perfect, though it was going dim quickly. we was committed.

Avoiding a vast spider that patrolled a guardrail, we traipsed by a weeds down a slope until we had a good angle. With my camera mounted on a tripod, we waited as dim came on. It was an beguiling evening, though a cloudbank rose faster than a super moon. By a time it rose above a trees and a lifelike boathouses below, it was hidden in a ghastly screen of clouds. Across town, a photographer crony prisoner a ideal shot — from his behind yard.

Sometimes it usually doesn’t work out. But often, a bid itself is what creates memories. A few years ago, my mother and we explored Yosemite National Park. The initial day was a ideal day in Yosemite Valley. we shot Half Dome amid autumn leaves, hiked to Bridal Veil Falls, picnicked during a bottom of El Capitan, and gathering out of a plateau after dark. The following day, from a south entrance, we spent a morning amid a soaring redwoods of Mariposa Grove and lazily explored a park as we gathering toward a valley.

As a object forsaken reduce in a west, we emerged from a hovel during a swarming mark with a uninspiring name of Tunnel View. we wanted to fire Yosemite Valley during sunset, and we were usually in time.

At a stone wall, we satisfied we would have to fist in alongside dozens of cameras on tripods. we wasn’t a usually one who dignified Ansel Adams’ photos from this angle. But as dual some-more debate buses disgorged 100 some-more cameras, we motionless to find aloft ground. I’m not vast on crowds, and holding a same print as a hundred others didn’t interest to me. My map showed a dotted line rising adult a towering to a mark beyond called Inspiration Point. It sounded promising.

Clambering over rocks and by a trees, we knew we was abandoning a certain print for a probability of a improved one. As a trees sealed around me, we disturbed we had done a mistake … though we kept climbing.

Soon a route was a array of switchbacks around a mountain’s corner and we could no longer see a valley. Eventually a route swung back, though there was no overlook. we worked adult a sweat. My trek was boring me down. we kept climbing.

I found a mark where trees were sparse, where by climbing onto a stone and holding parsimonious to a stump, we competence get my shot. The west slope of El Capitan was now in splendid golden light as rays from a environment object changed adult a valley. Far down a valley, Half Dome remained in shadow. It wasn’t perfect, so we kept climbing.

Deeper in a trees again, a route flattened out and began another array of switchbacks. we attempted to guess a stretch to Inspiration Point, that we illusory as a enchanting place from that Ansel Adams took his iconic shot.

Through a trees, we saw a initial glimmer of light on Half Dome. we had to confirm — keep going or retrace my stairs to that half-perfect spot. we inaugurated to take a shot we knew we could get rather than gamble on a some-more ideal one. Down a trail, nearby a tiny madrone tree we had visited with on a approach up, we left a trail. Climbing onto a hilly ledge, we found a opening in a trees, staid atop a well-spoken stone and snapped divided as a object worked a approach down a valley. Half Dome was opening to life.

It was pristine reticent fitness a object and clouds did what they did that day. And, we have to confess something. Back in a parking lot, as a debate buses were withdrawal and we reconnected with Marti, who was sitting on a stone edge holding it all in, a nightfall gave a final hurrah. That’s where we got my best shots.

But we wouldn’t trade a stand for anything. Alone on that slope, enjoying a beauty of Yosemite Valley, distant above a highway and surrounded by a still song of a mountain, we had found my possess bit of detailed magic.


Dave Berry is a former editor for a Tyler Morning Telegraph. His Focal Point mainstay appears any Wednesday in a My Generation section.

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