After 15 years of travel photography, the concept of luck has taken on a whole new meaning. Is waking up early and climbing a mountain to reach the summit – only to find an overcast sky that obscures the sunrise – bad luck?
One thing is for sure: sleeping in is the surest way to miss a sunrise. Being out there, on your feet, is a prerequisite for forcing luck your way. So is letting time work for you. It is like taking luck out of the equation all together. Climbing the mountain for a second or third time will bring you that sunrise.
In Rome, I returned many times to the Colosseum because the story needed one or two amazing photos of this Roman landmark. And how about driving to a beautiful strech of the Via Appia at the end of the day, with just the warm afternoon light on my side? It was deserted. Then I saw a few cyclists but, to avoid the bumpy ancient stones, they all took a detour away from the very place I wanted to photograph them at.
I waited. And waited. The sun was setting. But waiting is an amazing recipe. It always works. Sure enough, a wedding couple turned up and walked right up to me, to spend ten minutes shooting photos at exactly that spot I had selected. Lucky me.
Take me to Rome!