The other day I posted a vertical version of this scene. I did not have time to write much about the moment, today I would like to share what happened.
The location is Hidden Lake, a personal favorite spot for fall photography. I had just finished leading two back to back workshops and had time for my personal shooting. I was blessed with beautiful soft bright overcast light. I was having a grand time wandering along the path around the lake finding new placed and subjects to photograph. It was the end of the day, I looked up and saw a small spot of blue sky peaking through the overcast. I wondered, might get last light on my scene? I picked my spot and waited and waited. And then a blast of light, as if from a spot light directly on my chosen tree. As I looked up and down the shore, it was truly shining on just my scene! I was paralyzed and could not shoot. I’ve never experienced this before. After a minute and shouting “ARE YOU KIDDING ME???” I quickly realized this could fade very quickly. I was able to recompose myself, compose two pictures and it was over. This was easily the most dramatic display of light I had ever seen. It is a moment that is indelibly seared into my memory and one that I will never forget. We need to show up, we need to be present and if we do, we will be presented with gifts.