Santa Monica Pier Sunset, Canon 5DMK2+24-70mm, 3.2s at f/22, ISO 100.
Never walk away from a potentially great shot thinking, “I’ll get that later”. Persevere & take it now! #noregrets
Sometimes a great shot is snapped in seconds, other times it takes 4 long hours of freezing your butt off. I can relate to feeling tired, cold, sore, and frustrated as a photographer, but if there is anything I have learnt over the years, it’s never walk away from a potentially great shot. Odds are that if you just wait longer or try harder, you will get the shot, especially if you have right conditions for a great shot like billowing clouds, magic light, or a gorgeous subject.
Never say, “I’ll just come back tomorrow” or “I’ll get that shot later”. You never will. Persevere through your sore neck, cold feet, and frustration and get that shot now, especially if you are traveling. I have never regretted staying an extra two hours to get a magical shots. I have always painfully regretted not stopping to get a shot, but I never regret staying to the bitter end of a glorious sunset to get a perfect shot.
Now I just shoot until I can’t shoot anymore. I stop the car and jump out and shoot when I see a rainbow. I now think, “this is my only opportunity to get this shot,” so make sure I nail it before I leave.