This picture was captured during my latest photo workshop on the Moray coast of Scotland and while photographing the sunset at Hopeman bay. Well, when I say photographing the sunset I really mean the 2 minute sunshine through the gap in the clouds.
I was guiding one of the workshop participants, we were exchanging ideas about a potential composition. Once our thoughts were settled on a specific composition, I left her to her own device, allowing her to concentrate on the subject and capture a good image.
I started walking towards one of the other participants when the sun broke through the gap in the clouds, bathing the entire bay with stunning warm light. I looked around and saw all participants trying to catch that glimpse of light while it lasted. I didn't want to interrupt them by trying to see what they were up to – besides, there was not enough time, I would more likely make them miss the picture if I had.
At this point I noticed the light on this little rock. It was a perfect situation for a composition of my style. I only had seconds to set up the tripod and camera so it was a mad rush against the time. Luckily, I managed to get the picture, and so did my participants.
Light is always welcome, even when it lasts only for a few minutes.