I’m driving along a back road in Brattleboro, Vt., and on my left I see this amazing, picturesque pond in a vast field with a big open sky. In the pond are a gaggle of geese swimming. Immediately I’m thinking that I can get some kind of good image from this scenario.
I drive down the road a little way so I can find a place to turn around and I head back to the pond.
I park in front of a sign that reads “Stay out of pasture” which easily translates into “Your best shot will be from the pasture.”
I get my gear from the car and start snapping away. First I’m thinking that I could get some nice tight shots of the geese. I do that a little and realize that it’s not what drew me to the scene. I swap lenses and put something a little wider on my camera.
That’s it. That is what I was looking for. It’s the whole landscape that is speaking to me. Not just the geese but the pond, the sky, the field and the light. The light is soft and broken up by the clouds just enough to have some great shadows playing across the scene. It adds texture and depth to the image. So much depth.
I get a little closer to clean up my shot. Correcting the horizon line, making sure I include all of the geese that I want to, eliminating any distracting trees and of course nearly falling into the mud from the wobbly rock wall I was standing on.
There. I got it. Time to go.