A photographer was invited to a new friend's house for dinner one evening. During some small talk before dinner, the photographer was showing his new friend a handful of images from his portfolio. After 10 minutes of ohhhing and ahhhing the host exclaimed, "Wow, you must have an amazing camera!"
Later during dinner, the husband of the cook proudly boasts of his wife's lasagna, and asks the photographer if he agrees. The photographer let's out a huge, "Mmmmmmmm! Incredible! Yes! Your wife must have an amazing oven."
A little light humor to help explain a photographer's 'Luck'. Do we ever say to the painter, "Wow, you must have an amazing paint brush!" or to the sculptor, "Wow, you must have an incredible chisel. Of course I am only joking around with this topic and am never offended when someone comments on an image I share, "Lucky shot!" or "Right place, right time!" It does however create an opportunity to share with people some of the effort, patience and persistence that might go into a single 'Lucky' shot.
This was my very first image ever taken of a Great Blue Heron eating a gopher.
I had no idea heron's ate gophers. I thought they ate fish until I saw this happen. I was amazed. So I got my camera, and went to this particular place until I got this shot. And then I went back again. And again. And again. As I look at my shooting log right now, I see that I have visited this particular location over 50 times since that day.
This was the last image I took of a Great Blue Heron eating a gopher.
When I moved to the bay area in the early 90s, I had heard of people seeing bobcats at Rancho San Antonio and the Marin Headlands. I hiked those areas countless times. I of course wanted to see a bobcat, but my head swiveled at all the sights. I photographed birds, trees, the ocean, the golden gate bridge. And after each hike, I said, "Darn, no bobcats."
About three years ago, I made my mind up. I wasn't going to look for anything but bobcats on any hike in Point Reyes. I can't find a bobcat if I am looking in a tree for an owl. So that is all I did. This was one of my very first images of a bobcat in Point Reyes. Impressive, yes? It isn't on my website for sale, but if anyone wants an image of it, I can make it available. :)
This is the last image I captured of a bobcat.
My first coyote image.
Is there luck involved? Sure! Was I in the right place at the right time? Of COURSE! There is an element of luck and being in the right place at the right time involved in every shot I take. But I like to think that my luck is supplemented with a heavy dose of commitment, perseverance and patience.