Taking the sunset boat cruise was an ideal way to view the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore on Lake Superior. The cruise leaves the dock a couple of hours before sunset and returns just after sunset. The boat went slowly along the shoreline with the attractions on the right side as the guide told stories about the various formations.
I left most of my photography until the return trip when the sun was lower in the sky and the light reflected off the rocks intensifying both the textures and colours. Since I planned it this way, I sat on the left side of the boat and just enjoyed the trip on the way out, and took all my photos on the return trip. The only problem with this, in hindsight, was that the boat travelled faster on the way back.
Was I lazy for not taking photos in both directions? I feel that it is necessary to take time to experience the landscape and appreciate what I am seeing before I can decide how I want to create my image. I have to give myself a chance to feel something about the landscape in front of me before I can decide how to approach the creation of the image so I know what I want the image to convey. I have to leave the camera in its bag for awhile.
During the trip out, I was struck by the rugged power of the landscape with its sharp edges, carved out caves and fallen boulders so I tried to bring out those elements in the images.