I’ve travelled to this little fishing village on the Isle of Skye two years in a row now getting skunked every single time except for this one. This year, just a few weeks ago, I sat here three nights in a row with my client saying, “If we get this, we get Scotland in a different light, we have to keep trying.” What has made this area so dang hard to shoot apart from just a general challenging lack of foreground was its distance to Portree where we were staying and the time sunset ended and then sunrise kicked off. We would finish this area about 11:00pm and then have a little over an hour drive ahead of us. Sunrise was 4:45, but we’d have to be up and out the door no later than 3:00am so waking up at 2:15-2:30am - repeat this for one week and add 5-7 miles of hiking each day on top of it.
Whenever anyone tells me landscape photography must be the best job or fun I always share it is such hard work: I’m always sleep deprived, generally thinking of food and in damp/wet/cold environments. I’m also trying to take the photo so typically I’m not even able to fully take in all that’s going on in front of me. I do consider myself incredibly fortunate though to be able to witness Mother Nature in this capacity, it is special and wouldn’t want it any other way.
I would love to be cold, wet and sleep deprived over and over and over again - who’s up for a Scotland 2019 trip?
I had a print request come through for this image and every time I look at it I remember the morning I took it so vividly. I’d been working super hard over a couple of winters with my friend @danballardphotography to capture Dream Lake partially frozen, with great light and pillows of snow on the rocks. It is such an insanely hard thing to time just right as everything has to line up. This was probably easily into the dozen plus hike into the area always getting skunked, or what wasn’t passing anyway for what was the intended goal. Let me say how discouraging this can be trying over and over at the same spot and coming home with nothing each time: the life of a landscape photographer. This morning we’d left Denver about 1:30 am and drove into RMNP and set out on the hike in a whiteout - Rocky was under a sever winter storm warning, but we could see weather was predicted to clear about sunrise. Crossed fingers for light and frozen faces a few hours later I have this image I love and means so much to me having gone through a ton to get it.