The photographer in me wanted to photograph the scarecrows each farmer had set up. I wanted to experiment with a slow shutter speed and the plastic bag movement in the breeze, to add some interest to an otherwise static image. Wanting to achieve a quality image I set up my tripod, attached my remote shutter release, checked and double-checked my aperture, shutter, and white balance settings.
I continued fussing around with settings while waiting for a breeze to float the plastic bags and achieve the effect I had pictured in my mind. I waited and waited, but there was no breeze. A village neighbor riding by on a bicycle yelled, “Go home, eat rice.” The workday was over and dinner would be ready soon.
Really disappointed, I started disassembling my equipment, thinking this was my last chance for the shot I’d visualized, as we would be returning to the US the next day. Suddenly, a nice breeze picked up! I yanked my camera from my backpack, leaped across an irrigation ditch, focused and snapped off one image before the breeze died completely. It’s really funny how things happen, thinking back on that evening. The image I got was pretty close to what I wanted and I decided to be happy with it.
—Steven D. Strean
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