Don’t miss an opportunity waiting for the perfect moment

As a longtime photographer I am well aware of missed opportunities.

Silas and his dad before the Kindergarten Derby.
Silas and his dad before the Kindergarten Derby.

I have missed many good photos because I decided I would get to it later. In springtime it might be a dogwood blooming along a rustic fence line that I drive by and think, “I’ll stop tomorrow, the light will be better.” In the winter, it could be an old tobacco barn covered in newly fallen snow, serene and isolated in the cold beauty of its surroundings.

There are many elements that separate a snapshot from a photo, chiefly composition and lighting. While a photographer can easily control composition, oftentimes the proper lighting, especially outdoors, is a matter of timing. Early mornings and an hour or so before sunset, when the light is golden and directional, are my favorite times to shoot. Problem is, I am usually either busy at those times, or when I am not, I fall into the trap of “I’ll get to that tomorrow.”

But photography, at its essence, is capturing a moment in time. And time waits for no man.

It’s not long before the blooms fall from the dogwood or the snow melts and the moment for the perfect photo passes.

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