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 Photo by William Gillette

Photo by William Gillette

Today was a perfect example that being prepared for any situation always works out in your favor. Today I had to stay around the house because I was waiting for a package from UPS. I was editing photos in between loads of laundry. After waiting around the house all day I impatiently walked outside and looked up and down the road, as if that would make the package come faster. On my walk back to my front door I noticed the sky behind my house was a nice pink hue. I checked my watch, looked back down the road, checked my watch again... At this point I realized that I have only about 30 minutes before sunset. Now, it's times like this when having your gear ready at all times is of the utmost importance. In 30 seconds I was loaded up and on my way. I had scouted out this location a few times in the past, waiting for the right sunset. My location being 15 minutes away would not give me much time for setup. Pulling up to the boat ramp I counted 4 boat trailers parked in the lot. Jumping out of my truck with camera bag and tripod in hand, I ran into my first obstacle of the night. Mosquitos nearly carried me off into the bush. Luckily I keep repellant in my camera bag. After a bug bath on the shore I set up my gear. 10 minutes till sundown. At this time the boats started rolling in. I am shooting across two lanes of boat ramp. As the sky warmed and glowed with beautiful red and pinks  3 boats sat moored to the dock. I crossed my fingers and talked with the people politely, but the entire time in my head I was thinking GOOOOOOO! MOVE YOUR BUTT! Finally the ramp cleared, the water calmed, and sky lit up with a fiery red glow. A few test shots, a few adjustments, a few more shots, everything is almost perfect. With a long exposure like this one, you are talking 12 to 15 seconds of shutter speed. There is something so great about triggering the shutter, waiting, waiting, waiting, and snap. The shutter closes followed by the bright LCD screen reveling what all of this mayhem was for. And it was all worth it. Just as a side note my package never came. And I am so glad I keep my battery's charged and my bags packed!