There have been numerous times when I've wanted to revisit a location because I knew I could get a better shot than I did the last time. Last week I went to the same location four times for a different reason: There was a different shot each time. I was at Jekyll Island with the Georgia Nature Photographers Association for my first annual expo. It was a wonderful learning experience with some of the finest photographers and humans I've had the opportunity to meet!
So I went back to Driftwood Beach four different days and always included the same subject. A solitary tree at the water's edge. The first time was a sunrise shoot. This shot was taken before dawn when a sliver of a moon could be seen along with the glow on the horizon: The next time I returned at 2AM. Soon after we arrived with a group of about 15 photographers led by Ed Zawacki, clouds rolled in, obscuring the Milky Way. I took advantage of the clouds to form a bright background behind the tree in this 30 second exposure:
Another sunrise shoot contained a multitude of clouds that formed an interesting texture behind the tree. Plus the sunrise color was relatively rich:
I returned to the beach on our last morning despite the heavy clouds and fog blanketing the island. I spent my time shooting close ups of woodgrains and black and white patterns. When I noticed it suddenly getting brighter I hurried back to my favorite tree and shot the sun peeking through the clouds. It was still so filtered by the clouds that it had no color and looks more like a full moon than the sun in this shot:
Four days. Four very different images of the same tree.