I am hopelessly pragmatic. I feel this the most when I am out with the camera and conditions are very favorable. My approach then is to shoot as many compositions as possible in shortest possible time. Depending on my mood, this may result in fits of anger when I turn a camera wheel in the wrong direction, or when the tripod legs won’t extend as fast as I desire.
I am trying to point out that I am all over the place when mother nature smiles at me,…..the rabbit approach.
I know that many others like to take it slowly at a scene and repeatedly shoot the same composition until they feel they have nailed it. For me such an approach would lead to a heart attack.
My friend, Carl, and I visited Jotunheimen in July 2019. We couldn’t have asked for better conditions. Light and colors were outstanding. I entered the rabbit approach mode. How much can you make out of a location in that modus operandi?
The rabbit approach
I started where the river made a nice curve:
Then I turned 90 degrees to the side:
For the sake of variation I also shot a vertical:
Carl and I hurried up the steep slope and half-ran across some rocky terrain until we arrived here:
The river from a lake behind that mountain widened at this spot producing perfect reflections.
A fifty-meter sprint offered this composition:
As a variation, I also shot it at 30mm:
Now ensued yet another fifty-meter sprint back to where I was when we arrived at the river. I shot a few verticals with various foregrounds:
A few low perspective shots of the river followed next:
It was around midnight when we made a stop here while trekking back to the car:
I am inclined to claim that The Rabbit Approach may yield a very decent crop. What do you think; Do you sometimes feel like a rabbit?
The images are shot with the Pentax K-1, Pentax 15–30, and Pentax 24–70. Up by the river’s widening, I also used the Nisi S5 with a CPL and the Nisi Medium filter.
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