Ironically, we have been inundated with so much snow over the past few weeks (roughly 7 feet), it's been challenging to get winter shots.
Because the snow is piled so high, many of my favorite locations are difficult to access. Either there is nowhere to put the car, or it's tough to navigate my way in. (Snowshoes help, but in the darkness before dawn, the trek can be treacherous.)
So I have spent more time than I might have otherwise at Nubble Light lately.
On my last shoot, AGAIN I had the place to myself. Two times in a row this has happened!
And just like the time before, the sky was seemingly uncooperative. When I arrived at Long Sands Beach in York and got a good look at the situation, the conditions were so lackluster I nearly turned around to head back home. It was quite cold, and what was the point?
Still, I figured I may as well drive the rest of the way to the lighthouse and watch the sun come up.
I sat in the car for 20 minutes watching the sky. The clouds were moving, and more were meandering into the area from the west, so just maybe...
I donned my cap and heated gloves, grabbed the camera, and composed a shot based on what I thought might happen. Then I had a seat on a nearby boulder and settled in for what I knew would be a long wait.
Though I typically shoot prior to sunrise in order to capture color at daybreak, I knew this time the sun would have to clear the strip of heavy overcast at the horizon in order for it to light the wonderfully interesting clouds which were beginning to fill the sky overhead.
It was worth waiting for. What had looked like a total bust a little more than an hour before had materialized into an absolutely lovely scene. (As so often occurs, it was fleeting: less than an hour later it was totally overcast.)
Did I mention I had the place to myself? :)