While working on a long time project called Emigus Landscape Photography, I had decided to make several solo visits to the beautiful Pena Park, in Sintra, Portugal. This was in October, 2012.
I was tired and heading to the car, happy with all the photos I had made on that day, when suddenly light changed and I looked back and saw the sun looking through the trees for the first time in the day, creating this beautiful sight that lasted just a few seconds. The Giant Thuja backlit, the colors, the mood, all was perfect.
Fortunately, I still had the camera mounted on the tripod. I put it on the ground, composed the shot as fast as I could, quickly checked the settings and pressed the shutter only to realize that the timer was still on a 2 second delay for using mirror lock up. Shacking and nervous to get the shot, those were probably the longest 2 seconds of my life, while I watched that beautiful light fading with the camera on countdown and the taking the picture. Yes, I almost missed it for a fraction of a second.
After reviewing it, this was perhaps the most rewarding image of the whole month of work.