Be Flexible

Clingman's Dome Great Smoky Mountains

Clingman's Dome Road Overlook

Okay, you have spent a good bit of time and money getting to the location of your dreams.  You have pictured this moment in your mind so many times and educated yourself on what to do and what photos you want to take.  Then, you get to the top of the mountain and you are completely socked in with fog.  Not the good kind of fog but the fog you can cut with a knife.  What do you do?

The above scenario has happened to me on more than a few occasions.  The weather and I always seem to be at odds with one another.  Admittedly the first few times this happened it ruined my day.  I would spend the rest of the time driving back and complaining about what just happened.  Hmmm...  I wonder how many photos I missed because I wasn't willing to look?

Be Flexible.  The day doesn't have to be ruined because the scene or area failed to meet your expectations.  If you look hard enough you can find other things to photograph.  Being flexible is the mark of a good photographer.  Being able to consistently produce quality images regardless of the situation is what you must strive for.

The two images above were shot on a day much like the one I described above and the capture only took place because I refused to let the situation end my day.

Granted, there are times when the weather is so against you the day has to be called but honestly, those days are rare.  Learn your craft and learn to Be Flexible.