Friday Photo Share for November 4, 2011

After a busy week I'm finally starting to go through all the shots I took on our trip. I'm starting with the 1st day of the trip and working my way through the days. So, I've really just begun to work them but for this week's photo share I wanted to highlight an image that isn't really a great photo but is one I like. The photo was taken on our way to Death Valley from Las Vegas on Monday. We were driving up US 95, headed to Beatty, NV when traffic stopped completely about 20-30 miles North of Vegas. There was an accident that was being moved off to the side of the road, so we were sitting there for about 20 minutes.

After a while, I got out of the car because I noticed that there were some neat clouds forming over the hills to the East. I grabbed the camera and put the 10-22mm lens on it. This was the first time I was able to use the lens on the trip. I wandered off the road about 50 yards and came upon this desert plant (Mojave Yucca?) and snapped off a few images before Pam yelled at me to get back to the car because traffic was starting to move.

Here it is:

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The photo isn't anything great or dramatic but the clouds in the sky were neat. I just needed to find something to give some perspective to the picture, and this dessert plant worked out OK. If any of you actually know what the plant in the picture is, please let me know in the comments.

I wish I was here closer to sunset rather than Noon because the light would have been much better. But it wasn't so I had to make the best with what I had. As it turns out, this was one of the only times we would see clouds for the next week, so I'm glad I got some pictures of them.

I guess that's another lesson to be learned: that while we (as photographers) always want "perfect" conditions, we need to grab the shots that we can, when we can, because the ideal conditions may not appear. I think this is especially true when you are at a place that you might not get to again for a while, if ever. Take the best photographs you can, when you can and enjoy the experience.

Happy Shooting!