A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to get a day off and sneak off to a small island resort on the south coast of Upolu. Upolu is the smaller but more populous of the two main islands of Samoa. I'm used to getting hours off on my travels but not complete days. The south coast is absolutely beautiful with every (good) tropical island cliché you could look forward to.
The resort was great. I spent the evening sitting near the pool having a tropical island feas, chatting with the resort owner and a few colleagues and taking in a Fia Fia show. Fia Fia shows are fire dancing events you see everywhere in the islands. I've seen a few and they never cease to amaze. With my camera tucked away for bigger things the next day, I was happy to sit back, relax and take in the show. It's sometimes good to not view the world through the small end of a lens.
The alarm went off at 515am and I crawled out of bed to go capture an amazing tropical sunrise. Over the beach, bookended by palm trees hanging over the water, orange kissing the water and sky in equal measure. That was the plan anyway. It was a bad plan. The tide was up and the beach was covered. The water was choppy and in no way photographic. The sunrise, somewhere was fine but definitely not here. They say if conditions aren't great for a photo then work for it. Well no amount of effort was going to fix this setting.
Mid morning, with a grand total of zero good pics, I headed along the coast. I was disappointed about the mornings attempt but I felt like something was going to be out there for me. I knew the area and knew the road. About an hour around the coast I knew there was a waterfall, called Falefa Falls. Small but powerful, I figured it might make up for the crappy conditions earlier in the day. It was the middle of the day and the light was harsh but I respally wanted to get somethin. Falefa Falls to the rescue.
Life doesn't always go our way. The situation we want to engineer doesnt always salute. But thats no reason to give up and go home. For me, great images were an hour down the road. There's nearly always a solution if we dig in and search.