This little blog post is dedicated to Mr. Thomas, the principle of Trinity Lutheran School. One thing he would always say, 'Plan your work and work your plan". Such a simple, yet profound statement. Early in my photography I would just wander about and if I happened to see the sunset or a crescent moon it would be by chance that I was out, not because I had intended to see those things. Nowadays, I plan as much as possible. While I wouldn't consider photography to be my 'work' I do consider it my craft, one that I take pride in. And with that pride comes ever growing expectations, and with those expectations come pressure to work the plan, regardless of the situations.
Planning is a very important part of any type of photography, but especially nature photograpy. When out photographing nature, you are forced to follow the ever changing(yet very predictable) schedule of the earth, stars, and moon. Because of this, it is very important to have a plan.
Even if certain obstacles get in your way, YOU MUST STICK TO THE PLAN!!! For example, my recent trip to Lake James in North Carolina was a seemingly well planned outing. It started out the way it usually does, me laying on the couch perusing The Photographer's Ephemiris on my phone. The sun/moon rise and set at different times/angles based on the time of year/month. And The Photographer's Ephemiris has been crucial in helping me find where I am gonna go.
After some looking around, I found this lake's edge on the map. It's around 2hrs driving time from my house. Without doing anymore research, I started driving. I had a plan now, go to James Lake, park on Powerhouse Rd, and photograph the sunset and the following moonset(a 2% crescent is sweeeeet)
Upon arrival, I immediately noticed that this area was mostly owned by Duke Energy. There were many signs that stated "no persons allowed in this area" and "Police are authorized to arrest!". I was a little bit worried by this. Along with the "no trespassing" signs were a bunch of "no parking" signs. I drove up and down the road a few times trying to sort out what to do. You see, my plan was photographing the sunset, and it was a plan that I intended to work.
After a little driving, I found a place below a bridge that didn't have any obvious singage except for a 'no parking' sign. I decided that if I got a parking ticket, it would be a fair price to pay, so I parked anyways and enjoyed a wonderful sun/moonset.
You see, the moral of this story, is this: You plan your work, you work your plan, even if that plan has legal ramifications.
The acceptable results are below, thanks for reading:)