On my recent trip to New Mexico I went out of my way in the hope I could photograph the Egg Factory in the Bisti Badlands under some dramatic lighting conditions. Unfortunately for me the weather forecast changed quickly on my drive from “20% chance of rain” to 100% chance of extreme wind gusts up to 50 mph. This experience was a great reminder that Mother Nature seldom works on your schedule.
Unfortunately for me I started my hike with my 70-200mm lens on my camera body versus the 24mm tilt-shift I had as my spare in my camera bag. I realized this half way out on my hike. Given the wind conditions there was no chance I was going to swap lenses in the field. Given the conditions and my available lens option I opted to scout the area and make the most of my time in the raging wind tempest that was. I tried my hand at a few photos, but I ultimately think I got better photos from my iPhone. I’ll post those in the near future.
I should note this was the windiest conditions I’ve ever hiked in. If I had my mouth open just slightly I had wind blowing out my nose. A super odd sensation when you’re trying to breath air in as you’re breathing heavy from a fast paced hike.
[tags]photography, landscape, video, Bisti Badlands, New Mexico, wind storm[/tags]