This is how the sky looked at 6:42am… not 6:30, not 6:50, not even 6:45… this is 6:42am, October 2, 2012. As fast as I took it, it was gone. How many times have you seen what you thought would be a “great”photo, and then did nothing to capture it? We all have. I went to college with a girl that would come to the darkroom everyday and tell us all about the photo she saw but did not take. It was a different fish story each Monday/Wednesday/Friday. Until my professor snapped and explained – quite loudly so she would get the point- how by definition, it is not a photo until it was in her camera and after that we the class would judge how “great” it was. The fish stories ended.
There are many photos that have gotten away from me. I once saw a cat sitting on a roof waiting for its owner, another time there was a clown standing alone on the side of the road in the middle of nowhere – I really wish I caught that, but then again there are some I got just by stopping abruptly on the side of the busy road, tossing the truck in park and jumping out at 6:42am, not 6:45.
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