It was my first time attending a DLWS. We were at San Juan Island, Washington in September, 2008 and this was my first day of DSLR shooting on my own. I was set up on the docks at Friday Harbor well before sunrise, hoping that this scene that I found was going to become the photograph I was visualizing.
From what we were learning at the workshop sessions, I knew that it was going to be the light that created the feeling that I was having while looking at this small island in the big water under the bigger sky. The camera was locked down on its tripod and I was using a remote release. As the sun started coloring the sky, I started exposing and chimping long before the light created this photo for me (and long after too!).
Looking back at that morning’s shot, I realize that some photographs have to be deliberate efforts: finding a scene that strikes you as visually interesting, composing the subject to convey your feeling to the viewer, understanding how the light is going to affect that feeling, having the patience to wait for the proper moment and gaining the experience to recognize when all of those factors have come together to create that shot for you.