One of the things I stress during our workshops is the need to make the most of every situation that is presented to you and limit whatever is working against you. If you keep your creative mind open, and you pay attention to what is happening at all times, you can make some fantastic images of anything if you have good light, an interesting subject, and you practice good technique. Don’t always count on Plan “A”.
Earlier this week I took a walk at one of the local nature centers. Each time I go I encounter lots of small songbirds but, occasionally some larger more exotic animals put in an appearance as well. I went hoping to see and photograph an owl but, I made sure to keep my eyes open for other critters that were out enjoying the beautiful day. I paid attention.
The objective was to, hopefully, get some images of a screech owl or a barred owl. I would have been thrilled to get some images of any owl but, that plan was not meant to be. Too many times in the past when I was learning photography I would have been discouraged and felt like the day was a “loss” since I did not get what I set out for. It’s taken a long time but, I have learned to keep my eyes open for other opportunities. Sometimes the other plan turns out to be every bit as good as your initial plan. Go with the flow.
Photograph What You Feel
Nikon 500 f4 lens