With nature photography, there always seems to be one rule that applies every single time – you’ll NEVER get the shot you have planned out in your head. Why? Mother Nature is unpredictable, and let’s face it… She does what she wants, when she wants!
On my way to the gym one morning, I was driving over the Pitt River Bridge from Pitt Meadows into Port Coquitlam. I looked north over the Pitt River towards the mountains, and I could see the mountains reflecting in the river. I thought to myself, damn, that would make a SWEET sunrise photo!
So one morning, I dragged my ass out of bed at the asscrack of dawn on a BEAUTIFUL sunny day. I hop in the car, and start driving to the bridge. Super stoked of course, because the weather was perfect. I drove through Port Kells on my way to the Golden Ears Bridge, and…… shit, are you kidding me?? The Fraser River is SOAKED in fog!! Now I’m getting a little nervous…….. I get to the other side of that bridge, and the fog has lifted. WHEW!
I get onto the highway in Pitt Meadows that leads toward my destination, and wouldn’t you know it…. I see fog. SHIT. Parked the car, and like I feared…… total fog. I could barely see the river, never mind the damn mountains. What to do?? I was already there and didn’t want to waste an early morning, so may as well make the most of it, right?
Walked up onto the bridge deck, above the fog, and it appeared that the fog was literally right over the river, rolling in and out. It made for a cool effect, and some REALLY cool photos! Pretty much the polar opposite of what I had planned on, but hey, you just gotta roll with what you’re given and kill it anyways! (Which is a good motto for life in general, never mind just nature photography)