Today I want to share with you a very valuable lesson that I learned that will surly prevent me from missing great shots in the future and I hope it will do the same for you.
The best way for me to share this lesson with you is with my own personal story of how I came about to learn it. So, it all started a few weeks ago when I noticed that there are great clouds in the sky so I took my bag and tripod and walked down to the beach.
I had the shot I wanted already in my mind. I wanted to catch the sunset with the great clouds along with the rocks and water. Something similar to this photo that I took over 2 years ago…
So I had everything ready and I was trying to find the right composition but something just didn’t feel right. I don’t know what it was but I just couldn’t find the composition that felt like a winner, that got me excited.
I kept walking around trying various locations but it just wasn’t it. My frustration levels were rising pretty quickly as the sky was really amazing and I felt that i’m going to miss a great photo if I won’t find something soon.
Than it hit me.
I was trying so hard to get the shot that I had in my mind that I just didn’t notice what was going on and the other amazing options I had to shoot and all I needed to do was to forget about the rocks, water sunset triangle I was aiming for and just try and shoot something else.
I changed my lens from my wide angle (10-18mm) to my zoom lens (55-210mm) and started looking for some interesting compositions.
It didn’t took too long to find some and get these shots…
I’m very happy with these shots and if I didn’t “wake up” and stop obsessing about the shot I was “thinking” about and wanted to get I would have missed these shots that were right in front of me.
So be sure to keep your eyes and mind open for whatever opportunity and composition as you don’t really know what you might shoot even if you go out with the a “specific frame” in mind 😉
The 80/20 of Landscape Photography