PHOTOGRAPHY

I took a photography class in college and learned to develop my own black and white.  I knew about f-stops and filmspeed.  I could take a roll of film and describe how I wanted it developed.  I rolled my own film and even did some tricks in the dark room.  I did okay.  I entered my photography county fairs.  I won awards.  Then I got my first digital camera.  It’s been downhill ever since.  I take good photos by accident now.  I read directions, and I push buttons, and I don’t know what I am doing.  It’s all Greek to me.  But, I still enjoy the process: framing the moment!  And sometimes, by golly, art happens.

This is my favorite photo of all times.  I wanted to get a shot of the sunflower.  I set up my camera on a tripod;  I framed the shot and clicked the shutter.   Simple.  A photograph of a sunflower.   One of a million.  The camera went dark and when it opened up there was my sunflower AND -a hummingbird!  One IN a Million!  I am still amazed.

My photography professor asked me once just how I managed to get a shot.  I started to tell her how I had  accidentally…….  “Stop!” she interrupted.

“Never claim art is an accident.”

Okay.  So the real story is…..There were hundreds of hummingbirds in the vicinity.  I chased them all over with my little camera.  I took a million photos trying to get a good one and  finally………… the magic moment.  I was ready.  A hummingbird alighted on a sunflower.  With great stealth, I tiptoed closer and closer.  I set up my tripod.  I screwed on the camera.  I turned it on.   And then…..

Forget what my teacher said.  The moral of the story is:

Happy Accidents Happen!