Random Thoughts

Catch a photo when you can

Written by Gail Bjork

When you have the chance to photograph a beautiful scene or special moment, do it. The opportunity may never present itself again.

“Sometimes I get to places just when God‘s ready
to have somebody click the shutter”

Ansel Adams, photographer

TreasureLast year I discovered a photographic treasure.

It is a water catchment area where a variety of birds often gather. What makes this place so special is that it borders on a vast natural preserve. Arrive there the right time of day and it’s a wonder to behold.

One evening it was especially breathtaking.

The catch

Though I frequented the area a number of times, with and without my camera gear, the scene had never been quite as beautiful. So I was glad that I brought along my camera.

The meeting place

The sky glowed as the sun was edging towards setting somewhere in the distance. The small pond, with a reflection of the sky on its surface, contained a number of birds wading and foraging for food. The flora in the preserve swayed back and forth ever so gently in the warm breeze, their full bloom capturing the splendor of the Golden Hour.

Check camera settings! Click! Click! Click!

I’ve taken countless photos in the catchment area but consider the landscape I captured that evening high among my favorites.

The disappointment

Quite a bit of time has passed since I returned to the area, but had the opportunity to do so the other evening. I went there with high anticipation of what I would see so, of course, I brought my camera.

Boy, what a disappointment.

I’ll let the photo speak for itself:

Abandoned place

The lesson

The moral of the story is to photograph a beautiful scene or special moment at the time you witness it. If you don’t, the golden opportunity may never present itself again.

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About the author

Gail Bjork

Gail Bjork, who is passionate about digital photography, is the owner and editor of Digicamhelp.Gail is the author of three illustrated ebooks about digital photography. A number of her photos and digital photography related articles appear at other websites.In 2006, a series of her photos, People in the Louvre, were exhibited at the Underground Photo Gallery
in Iisalmi Finland. Eight of her photos taken in the Florida scrub are on permanent exhibition at Parrish Medical Center in Titusville, Florida.Gail served twelve years as an elected member of The School Board of Palm Beach County, Florida, one of the largest school districts in the U.S. She has also been the editor of a small town newspaper and a free-lance writer. Gail and her husband owned and ran several small businesses.

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