You might know all the photography tips and tricks. But sometimes you need somebody to remind you, when you forget to follow them. Like the famous saying that the best photos you take just after you have finished the photo session. This happened to prove so true so many times, whether I was shooting landscapes or portraits. And it works for travel photography too. This is a story of a photo that wasn't taken. Well, almost...
The golden hour
The golden hour is the ultimate time for a landscape photographer to be on location. I was no exception, coming to Mihintale temple just in the evening. Scouting the temple's grounds, I discovered two opportunities for a sunset photo. One was from the rock overseeing the complex, with the white dagoba right against the sun. The other was the landscape with small hills smoothly lit by the descending sun.
The only issue was the distance between these tho spots and the lack of time. The sun goes down quite quickly in Sri Lanka. And shooting a high dynamic range scene required several photos of each scene for HDR stitching later in Lightroom. So when I was done, the sun was well down and the Moon took the sky over.
The blue hour
After the sunset, the light temperature shifts more towards the blue. As there remains usually enough light, this time may yield great photos too. Only not sure why they call it a hour, as you actually have to move pretty fast. So I exercised my Novoflex mini tripod to get the photo of Aradhana Gala rock.
And then it was getting really dark and I packed my DSLR camera and photo gear, ready for Lion beer and dinner…
The Moon time
On the way back to the car park, we met a group of traditional musicians at the remains of the small dagoba. As I didn't pull out the camera, my fiancé asked me why I don't want to take the photo of them. I said it's too dark already to be any good.
"If you do not take the photo now, you'll regret it later," she said. And she was right, I would. She knows me :-)
So I pulled out the camera again and took casually three photos, not expecting much. But you know what? The technical quality is what you get out of ISO 11,404. But out of all the photos taken that day, I like that photo most. And I almost didn't take it. Only my fiancé reminded me that the best photos you take when you think it's over...