Anyone can take a picture and I do mean anyone! You point and click and voila! You have taken a photograph! Your subject matter, framing, focus, light source, color contrast and balance are not important, what is important is that you’ve captured that moment. That moment that is special to you.
Anyone can take a picture. But if you’re like me, those moments are even more special when you DO capture something unusual, when it IS in focus, when you DO catch the light, when you CAN create contrasting colors.
I can be a little picky and those that know me know I can be VERY picky about some things. I’m also very impatient. I mean VERY impatient. Picky and impatient are not good bed fellows. But when it comes to photography, I will actually wait patiently to capture that photo of exactly what my mind and eye sees. I wait for the crowds to clear, the cars to pass, for a break in the clouds and for the wind to stop blowing.
I have a boarderline obsessive love (ok, fully obsessive love) with aquariums and sea life. It usually takes great patience to wait for something to swim right into the perfect view…after the umpteenth time.
Ok, full disclosure, I have to admit that I did enhance the contrast of the Albino Crocodile in Photoshop (which I do endorse on most occassions), but that’s a whole other topic for a later time ;-) But the whole patience lesson still applies.
But I will linger. I don’t mind waiting for the cheery family with 3 kids to ooh and aah over the exhibit, then get bored and move on. Then oh, here comes another group running over, still I wait my turn. Because I know that if I am patient long enough, that perfect shot will swim into view ;-)