Corwn Point Overlook, Columbia River Gorge, Oregon (OR), USA

Fleeting Moments

In photography…great light is fleeting. Sometimes, it last for just a few minutes – or even a few  brief seconds. The challenge is to be ready to shoot when the light is just right.
We arrived at Chanticleer overlook as the clouds began to change color. A rainbow had appeared over beautiful, sun-drenched Crown Point in the distance. The last rich red light was still falling on the mountains. Jay grabbed his camera, vaulted himself onto a low stone wall, and set up his tripod in record time. He snapped the photo at the perfect moment.

Less than two minutes later, the scene had changed dramatically. The sun was no longer painting Crown Point, the rainbow had faded, the colors in the sky were almost gone.

We do our best to be prepared for this kind of light. It’s not easy – and sometimes we miss it entirely. But with a little luck – and a bit of research and preparation – we just might get what we’re hoping for. The moment is worth it!

About Author Jay Patel

I could startoff like this – “Seeds of Jay Patel’s appreciation for beautiful places were planted early in his childhood….” but it would get boring really fast. I will just sum it up and say that I am a Landscape and Wilderness Photographer who loves to capture dramatic light. My photographs have been published in various magazines, calendars and advertising materials throughout the world.

Patience is a virtue...unless you are chasing your dreams


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