Some of the best images are taken when the photographer is in the right place at the right time. Sometimes this is down to pure luck and other times it is down to meticulous planning, patience and persistence.
Belhaven Bay is a location I have been to many times now but my first visit was by accident. I was trying to get somewhere else when I took a wrong turn and ended up at this place. My first thought was that it was extremely odd place to put a bridge, which to as far as I could see lead nowhere*. I knew it would be a great place to come back to when the conditions were right.
I visited several times, each time not happy that either the light was too flat or that the tide was not they way I wanted it to be and so on. So after keeping an eye on the weather, sunset location and the tide times, I headed out hoping that finally everything would come together for the ‘perfect moment’.
Everything was perfect, so much so that I got the shot in my first press of the shutter. I then waited a few more minutes to let the sun go below the horizon to get a very different shot that could almost have been taken another day/time.
What I am trying to say is that it pays off waiting for the right moment and subsequent visits to the same place over and over again in pursuit of that perfect image, especially when it results in wonders like this – that is what makes it all worthwhile…
* The bridge actually provides a crossing over a small river at low tide (in case you were wondering) but as you can see at high tide it becomes the ‘Bridge to Nowhere’