I recently spent a week on the North coast of Northern Ireland.
I’ll say right here and now that this was not a photographically satisfying trip.
Prior to heading away for this week-long trip I paid a little closer attention to the forcast than I did for the trip to Scotland (see previous post for that report), so I had a better idea of what to expect this time around.
That doesn’t mean I was able to capture the images I wanted, because despite paying attention to what the weather was doing, nature had other ideas with how it was going to co-operate in relation to the images I wanted to capture.
I was on a bit of a high going in to this trip, coming off the back of the Scotland trip and some of the excellent experiences I had capturing images that week, sadly though the majority of what I encountered was very disheartening, lifted only at the very end of the final evening.
I often find it useful to look at the images I take that I find perhaps didn’t work, and learn from those ‘failures’ perhaps for future trips to the same locations, or just as part of my photographers toolbox for similar situations at any given location.
I’ll find that in images I’m not overall happy with there’ll be elements which work and also which don’t work – rarely will I have an image where nothing works (if that happens it’s usually down to my own choice of subject and composition), so understanding and recognising this in my own work is important to me.
It should help inform and hopefully improve my photographic work. Sometimes, however, what the photographer wants, nature simply isn’t willing to provide.
Such is the lot of the landscape photographer.