A bed and a simple meal
Worgret Manor hotel is situated just outside Wareham and it turned out there was only one other guest besides myself.
I think I already mentioned that I don’t like traveling on a shoestring, but for this impulsive short trip I did look for reasonably priced accommodation. Everything is relative though, and looking for a place to crash I was reminded of the high prices of hotels and B&B’s in general in the UK.
At the hotel, I had a small room directly under the roof. It was clean, with a single bed, and it had a shower. All I needed when traveling by myself. The hotel did not have a restaurant and only served breakfast in the morning. That did not really matter to me, as being on my own, formal dining does not appeal to me.
In fact, I brought my own stuff, one of the best meals in the world: bread, cheese, and of course a nice bottle of wine. Well, evenings look slightly different when I’m out there on my own: downloading and backing up photographs while having a bite before crashing is the routine.
But it’s all about the photography, isn’t it? The evening had ended with a cloudless sky, and it seemed like the next morning would be similar. Still, with only limited time available, I owed it to myself to put the alarm at 4.30 am. Still contemplating on where to go, I finally went to bed.
I know it’s a landscape’s photographer destiny and duty to be ready for dawn, but I still think it can be bloody early as soon as the days are getting a bit longer. But I was brave. The sky did not look very promising. I finally decided to go to Corfe Castle. I shouldn’t have done that: I had this idealistic image in my mind of these ruins, half hidden under a blanket of fog. I had in mind where the sun would appear and obviously I would capture these fantastic moments right before that, with the veils of fog colored from below by the sun.
Of course, this only happens once every so often. And you need to work the location for a longer period and seize the opportunity when it’s there. But still, it wasn’t fair. I got up so early and the sky was crap. There, I’ve said it. As I was there, I felt obliged to press the shutter. The images were crap as well. At least compared to those in my minds eye…
This dawn shoot once again what I learned to many times: images aren’t taken, they are made as the great Ansel Adams knew already such a long time ago. It means you have to pre-visualize what the final image would need to look like, what the light is like, where exactly the sun is, and all sorts of other weather and other conditions that make it such that is it a unique reflection of your own reality, rather than just a snap.
Still, after being all brave about getting up I thought I’d earned breakfast!
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