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: