Sky on Fire
I figure that, when taking photos, luck and observation take equal parts.
Observation takes some practice. As a photographer, I’m learning to notice things that most people don’t. Whether it’s the aperture and shutter speed on my camera, or the detail in a car’s grill, I’ve been trying to take close notice of everything that gets overlooked in everyday life.
Luck, however, is often the difference between finding and not finding a subject. Tonight, as I was helping my daughter finish carving a pumpkin, I noticed that the houses behind ours had an odd glow. I ran into the front room and pulled the blinds up to find the sunset was lighting the clouds on fire. It was incredible. Ten minutes later, it was gone. If I hadn’t looked up at the time I did, I would have missed it. Lucky me.
Photography: 50% observation, 50% luck.