This is not a great photograph. It’s an “OK” photograph, I suppose. It’s probably in the “pretty picture” division of the overall photographic world. It will never win any recognition for originality or style. So why show it?
Because it took me a few years to get it. That’s the only reason. I’ve been to this spot a number of times and I’ve always been denied a decent shot. It ain’t easy, even though it usually looks easy. The usual problem is people standing in the water or on the banks of Oak Creek. Which, of course, they have every right to do. And sometimes the image looks pretty good with people in it. I’d just rather they weren’t there.
Another problem is the illumination of the rocks. You’d like to see all of the spires “lit”. But at certain times of the year, it doesn’t happen. Like right now.
But it’s closer to what I wanted (and probably what a few million other people try to get) than anything I’ve gotten before. There were no people. The water was relatively calm. And the lighting was half-assed decent.
As I said, success – sort of. Now I can go back to looking for stuff that might border on originality. Or at least original to me. I have my iconic picture of Cathedral Rock. Just like 10 million others.