Saturday, December 28, 2013
I learned a valuable lesson in patience a couple of weeks ago.
The Sackville Photography Club had planned a field trip for Saturday, December 21. It was a "Sunrise on the Arm" field trip because for about one week near the winter solstice the sun rises up pretty much in line with the Northwest Arm hear in Halifax.
I was interested in attending, however, it was only a few days until Christmas and I was not very prepared for the holidays so I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to get out for very long. I checked the forecast on Wednesday prior to the field trip and noticed that Thursday morning was supposed to be sunny but Friday and Saturday called for rain. So, I hatched a plan. I would pack my gear and stop at the Arm on the way to work that morning.
I got up early but still managed to get out the door a bit late. I arrived at the Armdale Roundabout at about 7:35am. I had very little time to prepare with sunrise expected at 7:45am. I broke out my tripod and my camera and set everything up to get ready for the sunrise. At 7:45am I managed to get the above shot. Sunrise had come and gone and it was a big let down.
Knowing I had to hoof it to work I grumpily packed up all my gear. Stowed the camera and the tripod and then put my backpack on. When I stood up and turned around I noticed that the sky was changing. Sure sunrise had come and gone but as the sun broke through the cloud layer a fire red sun was poking through. I quickly pulled out my gear and set it up again. And that's how I managed to get the following two shots. This time I was lucky...next time, I'll have patience.