That applies to photography as well. Things like technical difficulties, people's moods, lighting conditions and weather to name some, have an effect on our ability to get a specific job done. It is then when we put into action our "Plan Bs", our abilities to adapt to change and basically have to "roll with the punches".
Chicago hosts a tall ships event during the summer. It features replicas of a select number of historic ships and galeon-type vessels that were of importance to commerce and other interests as far back as the 1800s in the United States and the continent of America itself.
I had never been able to attend the event in years past due to work schedules. This year, I found myself with some down time on a Friday afternoon & decided to stroll down to the Navy Pier to check it out.
El Galeón Andalucía
It was a cloudy day, but that doesn't typically bother me as clouds tend to add character and drama to a landscape or scene and I usually welcome that element to my shoots. There was an apparent chance of rain, but I didn't think it would be either high enough or rain until much later. As it turned out, it rained as soon as I got there. The ships were simply docked and all sails were down. They were very majestic, impressive in their looks and I hoped to have seen them out in the water with at least a few sails open, but sadly that was not the case.
It would have been very easy for me to just walk away then and call it a bust, but as I said earlier, things don't always work the way you expect them to, so it was up to me to make the best out of this situation.
I photographed the ships from what I thought would be interesting angles, trying to give them an "epic" look and not make it obvious that they were just sitting there.
The sun eventually broke through the clouds, but I needed to get going by then.
So things didn't quite pan out as I expected, but I still managed to shoot some frames and was able to see what these huge vessels look like. Hopefully, when they come back next year, I'll be able to block out a larger chunk of time so I can see them sailing across the water, the way they were meant to be seen.
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