Learn to bend

Learn to bend before it breaks—Brandi Carlile
A sunstar through some yellow and green leaves in Weston, MA.  I used the Canon 7D Mark with the Tamron 18-400 lens. ISO 100, f/22, 1/15

A sunstar through some yellow and green leaves in Weston, MA.  I used the Canon 7D Mark with the Tamron 18-400 lens. ISO 100, f/22, 1/15

So you have your trip all planned. You know exactly what you want to do and where you will be going. Then you get there and circumstances are not at all the way you anticipated and all your best laid plans are a bust. What do you do?

Well. You go with the flow. 

I just encountered this and it turned out to be a wonderful experience. I travelled to New England to photograph fall colors with Tom Bol and George Theodore of American Nature Photography Workshop. The plan was to photograph the Berkshires in all its wondrous fall colors. Except that Mother Nature had plans of her own. The leaves were hardly turned. Colors were non-existant and fairly lackluster when they did.

Plan B

Which ironically is the best advice-to just BE- Take a moment to take in your surroundings. No matter where you are or what time of the year, there is ALWAYS something EXTRA-Ordinary to photograph. We just have to open our eyes and our minds. Really stop to look at something that you often just pass by without a second thought. 

Use that time to practice skills you have read about or step out of your comfort zone and practice a style you have never attempted. Here are just a few of mine from my trip.

Instead of always looking at the big picture, stop to notice the tiny things. There are multiple worlds going on all around us. Made this photo with the Canon 7D Mark ii with the Tamrom 18-400. ISO 100 f/6.3, 1/500

Instead of always looking at the big picture, stop to notice the tiny things. There are multiple worlds going on all around us. Made this photo with the Canon 7D Mark ii with the Tamrom 18-400. ISO 100 f/6.3, 1/500

 Take the time to notice patterns and designs like these door handles on an old church in Weston, MA. ISO 200 f/6.3 1/320

 Take the time to notice patterns and designs like these door handles on an old church in Weston, MA. ISO 200 f/6.3 1/320

Or practice one of my favorites, abstract. Set your shutter low and just have fun. Twist, swirl zoom in and out to create unique abstract views.  

Or practice one of my favorites, abstract. Set your shutter low and just have fun. Twist, swirl zoom in and out to create unique abstract views.

 

Remember the main objective is to have fun. It may not be at all what you planned or hoped for. It might just be even better!