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On getting the shot done.

Hello everyone!

First “real” article in here, you know, the kind that has something to say, a point to make or just an opinion to get off my chest !

So today, there is something I want to share with you, it has to deal with motivation, resilience and passion.
I guess another title fitting this article would be : “The time is now”.

Let’s jump right in, shall we ?


 

What is a photo-occasion ?

When we are strolling trough the city, having a walk in the countryside or on holiday/week-end in any kinda place, we tend to keep an eye on the side for interesting things to see, whether it is about lights, colours, shapes or people.

Fellow photographers, how many of you though, at least once, “damn, I’d do the portrait of that one for free right now” whether it s an extremely beautiful face, or an intriguing physiognomy.

 

Well, that, exactly is a photo occasion !

But, for a lot of reasons, we sometime end up with just a succinct  idea of what “could-have-been-a-great-shot ” that we instantly forget… Or not, I m sure a lot of you have plenty of these fuzzy memories of “that shot I didn’t take”.

 

Why, then, do we persevere on letting these ones go ?

Let s start with the really good reasons, in fact, I can see only one :

1 – Ethics.

“This person, landscape or any other subject was not in their best of shapes and my intentions of showing beautiful things would not transpire at all. But still, something appealed to me… “

It may be the only good reason I can think of to choose not to take the shot as opposed to really miss it, it is important to mention it.

Not everything beautiful ought to be photographed if the ethics you apply to yourself seems to be baffled by doing it.

But I digress… Get used to it I’ll do it a lot in here .

 

Now, for the bad reasons.

1 – I didn’t have my camera with me at the time.

Well, where was it ? Wasn’t any possibility to take out even a point and shoot ?

Okay a DSLR is bulky and expensive, dont want to risk it in a hostile environment but a tough camera can be affordable and end up part of your everyday gear.

I guess the lesson here is, take it (whatever “it” is) everywhere, and I mean EVERYWHERE.

2 – I didn’t feel like it.

I dont get it, there is an occasion right in front of you, you recognise it as such and you just dont “feel” like taking it?
Ask yourself in depth what exactly does that  means, and I m sure, like me, you ‘ll end up with no valid-tangible point other than temporary (but plain) laziness.

3 – All the above plus ” It was cold/hot/late/early/rainy….”

Think of the time you take to set up a tripod, get you camera out, get your settings right and time to pack it up once finished… now think of a photo, if digital, that will follow you all your life!

Hey, even if it isn’t a cornerstone of your photographic career, it is still practice that always pay on the long term!

Let’s be clear, if I write about it, it is because I experience it almost everyday.
Doing so, I am kicking myself in the butt to keep trying to make a good, decent or amazing shot out of any situation.

Self-lessons to apply to self.
  • I’ll take my camera, or just “a” camera everywhere I go.
  • I will refrain from negative thought such as, “I m tired”, “meh”, or “don’t feel like it”
  • If an occasion is here, and if it is ethical, I ll take it. And if it doesn’t translate right away as brilliant masterpiece acclaimed all around the photographic world…it ‘ll still be and occasion to train, and that will be wayyyy worth the trouble of getting my camera out of my bag !

So yeah, the time really IS now, and to illustrate my though, a shot of the Pyrenean mountain, south France, by a cold nigh after a long and painful (but beautiful) hike!

Pic Du Midi