Watching Out On the Road More Traveled
In my last post, I mentioned looking for opportunities along the “road more traveled”. Here’s another example of that.
This past winter, I was able to spend a bit over 2 weeks in the Canadian Rockies on a shooting trip with UK photographer David Clapp. We spent 8 days in the area of Abraham Lake, a photographic wonderland in David Thompson Country. Our main targets were on frozen Abraham Lake itself, plus selected surrounding locations such as Cline Canyon.
During those 8 days, we spent a lot of time working our way back and forth along the David Thompson Highway, constantly moving from one location to another. It was definitely our road more traveled! One afternoon we spied some subtle rippled clouds developing up above Mount Abraham. This mountain has a signature formation that I’ve always really enjoyed, but not often photographed. Although our primary target was something else, on this occasion we decided to stop and shoot instead of just driving along as usual. The break lasted only minutes before the clouds dissipated, and we got back in motion.
When moving along the road more traveled, turn off the auto-pilot and keep those eyes open. Give yourself a bit of a time buffer if you can, so you can stop. Every so often, explore a new nook or cranny off to the side. Be alert to changing conditions that might produce something beyond the routine. Take advantage of familiarity, and know where to stop when conditions look interesting. For the outdoor photographer, frequent access is a good way to counteract the need for that once-in-a-lifetime break in less frequently visited locations.
Do you have a thought to share about your road more traveled?