I got out of the car. I took the American flag picture. I didn’t like the framing so I got back into the car and changed lenses. If I hadn’t done that I wouldn’t have looked in the right hand side mirror at an odd angle. I would not have seen the reflection picture.
So many times, it’s just a matter of luck. Timing. Looking in another direction. Turning your head. Standing up. Sitting down.
Often, when I see another photographer shooting a sunset, I suggest that they turn around. If it is one of those amazing, glorious events, then that light is falling on something behind you. Lighting it up. Even if you are determined to photograph the sunset, you might be amazed to see the “other” subject. It might have even been a little boring in high, white light. But, with that golden sunset light falling on it… well, you just never know.
Same thing with this.
I was focused on that flag through the foliage. I didn’t even look around… except to see that I was safe in what is a somewhat sporty neighborhood. I headed straight to my intended subject. Yes. I do that too.
These are still “extras” from fifteen days of post storm coverage. The flag picture meant more at the time than it does right now. Paring both pictures seems to help both of them. You know. 1 + 1 = 3. It’s also a lesson. For you. For me.