Thursdays Thought: Accident or Design?

This weeks quote is by Ansel Adams and is pretty well known.

I get asked a lot about how I know where the good photo is. It's all about looking and seeing.

Sometimes it's a conscious process - where will I get the best shot of this? What's interesting about this view, object, event?

But equally it can be all about spotting an opportunity for a great image which is what Ansel Adams was talking about in another quote.

"Sometimes I arrive just when God's ready to have someone click the shutter."

In other words - right place, right time - a happy accident.

A great example of this is a photo by Christopher Burkett, an American photographer, I discovered a few years ago whilst on holiday in California. One of his beautiful images hangs in my office - a photo of pink and white dogwood that amazed me when I walked into the gallery and saw it (sadly not a print but a poster version!! One day...)

But the photo here - Cottonwood and Light is all about capturing the moment once spotted and before it passes.

Click on the link below to read about how he took this amazing image!

Yes, he knew exactly how to capture it - so knowing your camera and understanding the technical aspects of how to take a photo is important when you have no time to waste, but it's just as important to be able to spot the photo in the first place. So keep looking whilst also getting to know your camera inside out!

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Pink and white dogwood photo by Christopher Burkett can be seen here:

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