Captured near Khao Yai National Forest.  This image is significant for several reasons.  The first is the most important and it’s all about timing.  We were traveling down the highway at about 100 km/h after a long day of shooting in the national park and both of us were looking forward to the Chokchai Steakhouse and a nice quiet dinner.  Looking over to my left I saw the sun sitting over the mountains lighting up the field.  Normally I don’t stop alongside a road or highway because there will be fences and power lines interfering with anything resembling a decent image.

Captured near Khao Yai National Forest.  This image is significant for several reasons.  The first is the most important and it’s all about timing.  We were traveling down the highway at about 100 km/h after a long day of shooting in the national park and both of us were looking forward to the Chokchai Steakhouse and a nice quiet dinner.  Looking over to my left I saw the sun sitting over the mountains lighting up the field.  Normally I don’t stop alongside a road or highway because there will be fences and power lines interfering with anything resembling a decent image.

This time however, the scene was such that I decided to stop.  The decision was immediate.  The cameras were in the back, proper lens already mounted, and from the time I decided to stop until the time I was standing there outside the vehicle taking the picture was perhaps less than two minutes.

In those two minutes the sun went from being comfortably over the mountains, to being almost hidden and just peeking over.  In two minutes the light had changed from the field being totally illuminated, to being what you see here.  In two minutes the colors totally changed.  Last week in the Feature Photograph section I gave you an example of being two minutes too late.  Once again, I was two minutes late to catch the sun where I wanted, but the timing was perfect to capture the unexpected.

The unexpected sometimes results in the most memorable of captures.  And sometimes (like below) the unexpected results in captures you’d rather forget.

 

The unexpected sometimes results in the most memorable of captures.  And sometimes (like below) the unexpected results in captures you’d rather forget.