The Art of Patience

February 17, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

Patience can be an important part of your strategy when capturing the world through a lens.  I don't have a lot of patience, but have learned that even demonstrating a "bit-more-than-you-think-you-have" goes a long way in helping find that unique perspective or interesting photo.
Hello World! One afternoon near Reinbeck, Iowa, I had my gear setup in a flower garden, with the sun to my back, carefully exploring the delicate flowers and insects in hopes of an interesting shot.  I had taken a few photos of this beautiful yellow flower, but wasn't happy with the lighting (it was too dull), so forced myself to really study the flower, to look at it from different angles, and to be patient as the light hopefully changed for the
better.  

While studying the flower through the viewfinder and experimenting with different focal lengths, two things happened almost
simultaneously...sunlight drenched the flower in its powerful rays AND a little grasshopper crawled up on top of the flower to see what was going on!  It was a moment of "wow" for me as I clicked the shutter and hoped it was all captured.  The result was surprising in that there must have been flowers or a reflection adjacent to the grasshopper that made it appear blue.  However it happened, I was most appreciative, and think it adds a nice touch to the photo.

I've been in similar situations where my patience level was low, and can't help wondering how many opportunities were missed due to restlessness, impatience or "feeling hurried".  But at least in this one instance, the reward for patience was a decent photo that brings a smile each time it's viewed!


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