Kyle Elizabeth Cook
You often hear photographers say that light is everything. Well, it is, and it isn't. Imperfect lighting shouldn't make you stop shooting - it should make you find subjects in the best lighting you can find. Melissa and I have been shooting in the Smokies before - shooting flowers, scenics, sunrises, sunsets, critters - what have you, and then the light just gets too harsh to really do those subjects justice. What did we do? We chased kayakers from one spot to another, capturing action shots. We made do with the light we were handed. Sometimes, what you set out to shoot just can't be shot with the light you are given. You need to be flexible enough to make other plans. Learn when to shoot and when not to.
That being said, when the light is good - shoot. Shoot until the light wears out, because you will be happy with your shots when you are done. I was waiting for a rare (in these parts) Painted Bunting female to show up again. She wasn't cooperating. So, did I quit and go inside? No - I took an "ordinary" subject and made it extraordinary by using the light I was given. It's easy to find Carolina Wrens, but this one was just in the right spot at the right time. I was really pleased with the results! Shot with Canon 5DS with EF500mm f/4L IS II @ 1000 mm, ISO 1000, f8.0 1/500 sec. @5:46 p.m.