Last Tuesday evening after a tough couple of days I took a long walk in the evening. My goal was to capture the evening light which is really late around this time of year. I believe my best light occurred at around 7:45 pm and we hadn’t even reached the longest day of the year yet (that happens to be today). This post contains some pictures that I really liked. I will miss the fields of Germany when we move back to the states. I prefer those for running to urban areas.
(There is a funny story at the end of the post. I debated sharing it, but thought in order to keep myself humble I would…)
So for the picture above I was sitting at the edge of a field facing the sun. I was hoping to catch the sunset as it hit the field. I was taking pictures and noticed a strange green ghost glare on some of my pictures due to the UV filter I keep on my lens for protection (because I have a slobbery-fingered baby who likes to touch the lens). I took the filter off and placed it on my lap thinking, “Do not forget you put that there.” As I got up to move over a few feet, it fell onto the ground and I picked it up thinking, “That’s like dropping a $20 on the ground.” I picked it up promising to do better. (Jessica C., I didn’t have my ShootSac on me because I was originally out for a run with Parker. I had the camera in a small protective camera bag and Parker in the jogger. I would run, stop, snap pics, and go on. About 15 minutes into the run Parker started crying, which then became screaming. I actually had to call Matt and have him come get him… I dropped Parker and the stroller with Matt at the edge of the fields and turned back to my alone time… with only a camera in hand… thus, no ShootSac.)
As I got settled back into my new spot, I placed the filter back on my lap, vowing to remember it when I next stood up. I saw this runner going by and snapped a few pictures. I got a few of what I was looking for and then decided to head to another field that had a different type of crop, that, I’m ashamed to say even as a landscaper’s daughter, I don’t know what it is. I was snapping away when it hit me that I had let the filter fall out of my lap. I went back to where I thought I had been sitting and searched for a good 20 minutes. I searched until I remembered that I had take pictures of the runner. I zoomed WAY in to one of the pictures of him until I could see the building and a few trees and a haystack. I then moved myself until those three items lined up as they were in the picture, looked down, an viola… there was my filter.
I glanced back up just in time to watch the sun dip below the horizon. I missed the best light searching for my filter! Still, the time was well spent and I returned home refreshed. I really needed that time by myself and I’m so glad Matt was willing to let me go out and be alone for a few hours.