Online resources like Google Maps and Flickr are a goldmine of information for photographers. Photo sharing sites provide a constant flow of inspiration in the form of location ideas, whilst online mapping- especially when mobile accessible- can guide you straight to the scene, and in some cases reveal previously-unrecognised potential.
But online research only ever reveals part of the picture. Ever wonder why you see the same locations from the same vantage points over & over? It's often not solely due to aesthetics.
I'd seen this old chapel appear a couple of times on my social feeds in recent months and figured I could add something new during a visit. Ideally I'd get in close; position the chapel to the left of scene and arc the Milky Way over the top.
Alas, the coastguard radio station- seen creeping into frame from behind the chapel, had other ideas. A clean shot wasn't possible from anything like the angle I'd envisaged.
Residents in the coastguard cottages behind me almost completed the undoing of my shoot by repeatedly triggering their outside security light, complete with 15-minute delay.
In the end, though, patience won through at this location, even if I was to pay for the delay later in the night by running out of time elsewhere.