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Natural Bridges - Revisited


Plight Of A Photographer --


A photograph is captured in an instant, yet we spend so much time scouting, searching, investigating, planning, scrutinizing, studying, organizing, driving, hiking, setting up, choosing and in the case of this image...obsessing.


I returned to Natural Bridges State Park in Santa Cruz California again tonight, my 9th visit in the past 6 weeks, hoping for the right conditions...yet again. See, I discovered this place a couple of months ago and when I saw it I decided I wanted record this scene, at sunset with a nice reflection, colorful sky and just the right light on the arch to allow the details visible. I setup the scene in my mind and have been pursuing that vision ever since.


Now don't think I drive 40 minutes, one way, with random hope that the scene will present itself perfectly -- oh no, far more goes into...such as periodic checks of coastal Webcams throughout the work day to see how the weather is progressing...monitoring the tide schedule to find just the right day where the tide will be low...avoiding a weekend when I know there will be kids digging in the sand and splashing in the surf.


So here we are, with the result of attempt #9...and post #2. So is this it? Am I this the best I can do? Is this the best the scene will ever produce? Sigh...I don't my plight continues.


Winner of the Merzeta Photo of the Day Contest




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Taken on November 10, 2008