Making Lemonade

When you're dealing with Mother Nature, you can't always get what you want. Yesterday was a perfect example.

Blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus) in Sri Lanka
Blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus) in low visibility

It was my first day on the water in about a month and a half, so I was full of anticipation and brimming with energy. As fortune would have it, Mother Nature decided to throw a major kink into my the form of horrific visibility.

The visibility was so bad that I literally missed seeing whales that swam right by me. Several times. Sheesh.

Well, instead of becoming frustrated and sullen, I recalled a quaint snippet of folk wisdom: "When you're given lemons, make lemonade."

I had planned for crystal-clear, tropical-blue water, so I had to completely re-think my strategy, which involved switching lenses and adjusting my approach plan in the water.

The result is a series of images like the one above...moody, atmospheric, full of grain and backscattery goop (isn't it great how I just make up words as I go along?).

I had to sleep on the photos for a night before evaluating them, as I was still bummed out about the visibility, but the more I look at the pictures, the more I like them.

I picked the one above as my first officially approved photo of the year.

Anyway, if you're on a photo excursion and find yourself facing adverse conditions, consider it a challenge and see if you can brew up a nice batch of cool, refreshing lemonade.

Note: Photograph taken under permit.