Sometimes your original plans don’t work out but the universe smiles upon you anyway
I had just a few days in Bangkok on my recent awesome trip to Burma/Myanmar with Viking River Cruises and had not prepared much in terms of photography for the Thailand leg of the tour. I should have taken my own advice and researched a bit but since I knew that I had only one night where to get out to shoot, I figured I could do that upon arrival.
What people call serendipity sometimes is just having your eyes open.
~Jose Manuel Barroso
The temples, stupas, and other buildings are stunning, and I walked around the complex in hopes of finding a good sunset location to photograph. Unfortunately for me, time was running out. The sun was quickly setting, and there were still quite many people walking about or standing in front of what could have otherwise been ideal image material. It was either wait for people to move or keep searching. If I could walk away with one good photo this evening, I’d be happy but being greedy like any photographer would be surrounded but such beauty, I wanted more.
It was a lovely sunset. Not that I have any photographic evidence to prove this fact. You can’t win them all, and this was a case of choosing to use my time wisely during sunset to find good locations to photograph during blue hour. I must admit though, it was slightly painful to look at the soft pastel pinks, oranges, and yellows in the sky, knowing all along that I wasn’t getting my sunset shot. Oh well, there was no point dwelling on it and in the end I got a couple of blue hour images that I am quite pleased with. That, coupled with the fact that I plan to be back in Bangkok later this year makes it a bit easier to smile when looking back at this evening that was a bit of a roller coaster in terms of lucky and unlucky moments.
For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return.
~Leonardo da Vinci