This post has to to do with landscape photography/cityscapes, though could go into other genres of photography as well.
I have been noticing a pattern this year were the photo I wanted to do was not there. Unfortunately, that is how life works. We have a predetermined idea in what we may think the scene will turn out when we arrive at the location of our choice.
Like many photographers out there, I will admit that I would love a badass sunrise/sunset every opportunity that I can get, but in reality, is that really what we should be striving for?
Sure you can visit an iconic location or a popular local spot that has been photographed before, but there is always going to be an element that will throw you off, and you need to be able to improvise in that particular moment.
Recently one of my photos received a ton of recognition that I wasn’t expected. Full disclosure the concept for that photo was not pre-planned, it just so happened that’s the way that experience turned out.
You do have control over your composition and the editing that you choose, but you have no control whatsoever in regards to the lighting situation.
Focus on the former and not the latter.