So pretty. So pink.
Yesterday’s sunset was stellar. The sun was hidden by drifting clouds. And, then it wasn’t.
Right then, the Japonica (Japanese Magnolia) trees were lighted by wonderful late afternoon golden light. I was lucky. Ten minutes either way and I wouldn’t have seen this little bit of prettiness. I wouldn’t have been able to make this picture.
You make your own luck. That’s really what photographer’s luck is about. I see that as getting out of your chair and going outside. Not this time. I was outside. I saw the Japonica trees. They were in total shade. I turned around to keep walking and the light broke through. I wasn’t ready and it didn’t last. Then, the light broke through again. I was ready.
Writing this reminded me of something one of my mentors used to say about travel photography. Rather than chasing around trying to find stuff to shoot, and going to tourist sites, he’d find an interesting coffee house or a bar with a view outside. He’d sit there and wait until something interesting passed by. Then, he’d make pictures.
Sounds strange, yes?
I think he’d have some idea of what he was doing, being both a Magnum and a National Geographic photographer.
Try it. You might make the pictures of your dreams.