Hello friends! When I first woke up Thursday morning I thought that no amount of caffeine was going to help me get through that day. It was just one of those short work weeks that just seemed to be dragging on. But there's nothing like an amazing sunrise to get the blood pumping. Any small problems that can happen after that are just tiny blips on a big screen. A sunrise like that just energizes you for the day!
I was sitting at the kitchen table minding my own business. Scrolling through Facebook like I usually do in between the time when my husband goes to work and when I wake the girls for school. I didn't realize it was getting light out because the blind (and curtain) was closed in the patio door next to me. So anyway, scrolling through Facebook. Right. And I come across a photo someone has just posted about the beautiful sunrise they could see outside their house. I pulled open the blind and....WOW!! Now, there is a big hill in front of my house so I could only see some reds in behind it. But then I looked over towards the wharf and I could see more colours. It only took me a couple of minutes to grab my camera, and iPod, and make my way quickly to the wharf. In that time the reds had disappeared but the oranges and yellows were still going strong. I managed to get a few shots in before the sun topped the horizon. A prime example would be photo above.
Well then! If I hadn't been on Facebook, I would never have seen the sunrise that morning. Right! AM I RIGHT!! No!!! Actually, if I had not been "surfing the web", I probably would have had the blinds opened sooner; and noticed the sky sooner. If I had noticed the sky sooner I would have had more time to take the pictures. I could have taken more pictures. I could have brought along my tripod and set up the shots better. I could have enjoyed the sunrise itself more.
So what exactly am I saying? Firstly, I think I need more coffee. Secondly, get off Facebook and pay more attention to the real world. You never know what you may find. I think I may be telling this to myself so please don't take offence. I know, I know; the sun rises and sets every single day. So that's 365 chances x2 (366 in a leap year) to get a photo. BUT! But, you won't always get those spectacular sunrises and sunsets. It's not always possible to get those striking, breathtaking, glorious, magnificent, dazzling and dramatic colours!! I've checked since then and nothing!
TAKE THE SHOT
If you're ever in a situation to take the shot and you're not sure; TAKE THE SHOT!! The only regret will be that you didn't. And it doesn't matter what camera you have with you. An iPhone, point and shoot, mirrorless, dslr, etc. Whatever you have, use it. Any shot is better than no shot. The first person to get a photo of the Loch Ness monster (Nessie) doesn't care what they use as long as they get any photo. (Yes I have a thing for Nessie. 😜) Any photo is better than no photo. Capture the moment while you can. That date and time will never happen again! Sorry for the dramatics, but its true. Picture this. You are out with friends celebrating the fact the its Friday; or something more important. You take a few pics with your cell phone. Depending on what cell phone you have, those photos may not be the best. But, those photos cannot be replicated. That moment is gone. Forever. You can try to copy it, but the essence of it is no longer there. That's why I love taking pictures. I love to capture that moment. That something that can never be repeated.
SEIZE THE DAY
Life, like photography, involves seizing an opportunity when it arises. You may never get the chance again. Never. For example; not too long ago, maybe two or three years, I was out on a morning walk. I walked by this building that a fisherman was now using to store his gear. It used to be a two room schoolhouse. I thought to myself that I should get a picture of it because one day it may get torn down. A few days (or a couple of weeks) later I walked by it again. And guess what! It was half torn down!! I had missed my opportunity!!! Gone. The moment was gone and no chance of getting it back again.
I was debating whether or not to share this photo above. But I wanted to share a more personal "view from where I am." It's my mom. She hated, and I mean HATED getting her picture taken. This photo was taken 15 years ago when I was using film cameras. Wow 15 years! When you say it like that, it seems to be a lifetime ago. I could have put the camera away the first two or three times she said no, but when I said I wanted to get a picture of her with her granddaughter(only a few months old), she caved. ☺ Her granddaughter, my oldest daughter, was her only grandchild at the time, and the only one she ever got to see. I managed to get a couple nice photos of her. She passed away a few months after this was taken. Her birthday was last week... ❤
I wish I could say that there was only one missed photo opportunity, but I am sure there were more. Maybe there will also be others. I can always hope not. So; now I ask you, friend. Have you ever experienced the terrible sensation of "the one that got away"? Do you have a triumph to share? Maybe a moment of being in the right place at the right time? Go ahead and share in the comment section below or drop me an email. I'd love to hear from you! And thanks again for stopping by to take in the view from where I am...