Make Your Own Luck; Keep Moving, And Be Prepared Page 2
Outguessing the weather is predictably impossible, but I diligently try to put myself in the best location at what I hope is the best time. For example, last summer I needed to photograph Effigy Mounds National Monument, which is adjacent to the Mississippi River in northeast Iowa, and wanted fog to help give the photograph a sense of mystery. Humid August evenings are often followed by foggy mornings along the Mississippi so I traveled accordingly. Although the fog often remains low and close to the water, on my first morning there I was greeted with fog that came all the way up to the bluffs overlooking the river. Exactly the conditions for which I was hoping! In contrast a few years earlier I needed to photograph the Mississippi with a blue sky in the morning, but that particular photo took five predawn trips, so sometimes luck doesn't strike right away.
Flexibility, patience, persistence, and anticipation are vital in photography and are at least as important as film and camera choices. I've heard it said that "luck favors the prepared," and by watching for lucky breaks and being flexible we can all live more charmed lives.
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