I have a passion for more than one thing. I doubt I’m alone in this regard so, let me ask – do you have a passion for more than one thing? I don’t think this a bad thing, but then again, it did force a decision and when you have to choose between passions that can be tough.
Making images from the Rocky Mountain landscape is a passion and something I so much enjoy. That is not all I enjoy, however, and on this day my passions collided. My other passion is skiing and ski racing. I was involved in the ski industry for 40years before I took up full-time photography. Both are very time consuming and need focus. On this day I was driving to Lake Louise to see the World Cup Downhill, a special opportunity because this is the only stop the World Cup makes in Canada for the whole season. It is being held right in my backyard!
It had snowed and the skiing was really good, so after the race, there would be more fun to be had on the slopes of Lake Louise. But, I had packed my camera kit because the weather looked quite good, there had been snow so the opportunity was high for a good shot and I was leaving early to catch the sunrise and see what would shape up. Sunrise comes up late this time of year, and that was a big influence on me as I drove up the road from Banff to Lake Louise. It was to close to 8 and the sun was due up shortly, so I was watching the peaks and sky.
And then it started, a beautiful Alpin Glow was just licking the peaks. Decision time – if I pulled off the road at a spot I knew, I could get a shot and make an image I wanted and had “seen” in my mind’s eye. If I did that, by the time I hiked to the spot, set up, and waited for that special moment, I knew to do this meant I’d miss the race. Not doing this, well – I’d see this glorious sunrise paint its magic on the Rockies but not get a “shot” at making an image I wanted. Here I was with the weather, the sky, the sun, and all the other factors working together. I had packed my camera Kit as the forecast hinted at this being the case. So, decision time was here and pressing – I had to decide!
The image here is the answer to the question and the dilemma I faced that day. I stopped, I hiked quickly to where I knew, from other times scouting and shooting, around here, and set up in the spot I wanted. Landscape photography is hurried up and wait! So I checked all my settings and fired off a “test” shot and waited. The sky was clear and I usually want cloud for relief and added colour,but on this day, I waited until that glorious Alpin Glow lit up the whole face of Castle Mountain and fired off several frames with some different compositions.
This is the one I waited for and I am very pleased I did.
Yup, by now it was getting late and I still had to travel more to the race and I knew I would miss the first 25 to 40 racers. Hey, they move fast and only take 1.75 minutes to get to the finish line! But, I did set my PVR and record the race! Hopefully, a PVR helps you out when you have two Passions collide.