I had my first paid photography gig this weekend. I met my client in Seattle and then traveled to Mt. Rainier, where the photoshoot took place. I spent Sunday driving and jumping in and out of my car to take shots when the rain stopped or the sun popped out. It was cold and wet and grey, and the little bursts of light were my only hope for catching decent shots.
It was exhilarating, frustrating, and challenging.
I loved it.
Sunday night I got to stay in this beautiful cabin where I soaked in the hottub with snow falling all around and on me, and then fell asleep by curled up by the fireplace. HUGE perk that came with the job.
Today I faced more of the same challenges. Shooting in slate grey, rainy/snowy conditions made taking beautiful photos difficult. I literally spent most of my weekend chasing light. I was exhausted by the time I was done.
I decided to take my time and stop for fun-photos along the way home. At one stop near Mossyrock Dam in Washington, I looked up in the sky and saw a hawk and several other birds flying above me (I love birds). I grabbed my camera and put my zoom lens on, but by the time I looked up they were far away. I took some shots anyways.
I didn’t think I had gotten anything usable, but when I pulled them up in Lightroom, I was actually a little pleased. These bird-shadows (this is what I’m calling them) are beautiful to me. So I had a little fun and here is what I ended up with.