Last month I caught up with a wonderful friend and photographer buddy while she was visiting Australia from her island home, Cocos (Keeling) Island.
After a coffee we decided to grab our camera’s and head west into the country and to look for interesting and/or historic things to photograph. Our first pit stop was at the town of Canungra, as we wandered through town we found a small quaint historic church. On closer investigation it was disappointing, photographically, the stained glass windows of the church has been altered and now have perspex secured to the outside of each of the windows – a sad sign of the times we now live in.
A little deflated this early in our adventure with nothing else catching our eye and with the weather threatening rain, we decided to grab some lunch at the Canungra Pub.
The clouds cleared and we decided to keep heading west towards Beaudesert. We are looking, searching, wanting to capture the afternoon light streaming through the dark clouds.
Driving along, my job is to be the lookout, after all Karen is driving and needs to watch the road so it is up to me to find what we are looking for as we drive along the windy roads through all these wonderful country scenes. I see a beautiful patch of light and we stop on the side of the road in order to capture the streams of light across the country landscape.
At this stop we take the opportunity to look around, check the scene from all perspectives and photograph many things that catch our eye.
Back in the car continuing our adventure we have times where the gray clouds are working against us but other times where the light is just right. During the month of July I was doing a photo a day project (APAD) and I had a preconceived idea for today’s photo, I needed to find a bare boned, dead tree. I didn’t think it would be too difficult to find the type of tree I was after out here but it still has to be that perfect tree to fulfill the brief.
Of course it’s while we’re travelling around 80k per hour with cars and trucks behind us that I shout to Karen “oh my goodness there is my tree, quick stop!”. Karen laughs, it was simply not possible to stop at that moment. We find a place to turn not to far up the road and back we come parking the car in a safe spot on this busy country highway and walk the rest of the way down to the tree.
The gods were on our side and by the time we got down there the light was just perfect and that shot that was in my head become a reality.
What a perfect end to our adventure. Great photos, great company and learning that if patient the light will shine and so will your photos.
Enjoy your week.