Ninety percent of the time the weather here on Shodoshima has been stunningly clear, literally not a cloud to be seen. So I tend to have my batteries charged & ready to go when there is any chance of clouds & yesterday the weather forecast was correct! Last night I managed to do a three camera shoot at the temple in the last post!
This photo gives a better idea of where the temple is, on highest point of that mountain in the centre background!
First I put my GoPro camera in its Cam.Do case, attached some string (to make retrieving it easier) and then used my tripod legs to push it right out to the edge…
Next I set up my 5D, framing the shrine with plenty of space around it to capture cloud movement and the changing light.
And after shooting stills of everything I set my little Canon s100 shooting video of this beautiful old tree silhouette
With all three cameras rolling, all I could do was watch as the sunset revealed itself
The s100 was the first camera to grind to a hault – it seems to have the worst battery use of any camera I have ever owned! Then once it was dark I retrieved the GoPro, praying it had kept shooting throughout. A quick check and YES!!! 1,114 new photos!!!
I kept shooting with the 5D until well after dark, using the Holy Grail timelapse technique, then eventually packed up & very slowly & carefully made my way back down the track… totally exhausted but very happy to have been in such a special place at sunset, and been prepared & able to capture aspects of it!