“Look Behind You”

No, this isn’t a post about a trip to the pantomime.

And with the title, I may have given away the answer to my next question…

But what do these two photos have in common?

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Not a lot, you might think.

But the real answer is that both of these shots were the result of me setting up to shoot something, and instead turning around and looking at what was behind me, which then turned out to be a better shot.

For the first photo, I was trying to take a shot of a waterfall in Snowdonia, but it just wasn’t working. I looked behind me and saw the glow coming from between the mountains and took the above shot  (Canon 5D Mark II, EF16-35mm f/2.8L USM at 16mm, f3.2, 30 secs, ISO1600)

The second shot was taken whilst I was waiting to take a photo at Birling Gap in Sussex. The light wasn’t right at the time, and while waiting for it to change, I turned around and saw this great contrast in the stormy clouds  (Canon 7D, EF24-70mm f/2.8L USM at 70mm, f5.0, 1/200, ISO160)

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