Monday, August 13, 2012

The Adventure of Photography

"Photography is an adventure just as life in an adventure." --Harry Callahan

A photographer friend of mine, Dan Loerch, was talking about a trip he made two nights ago. He planned to photograph the Swift-Tuttle Comet, and the associated Perseids meteor shower, with the crescent moon. He did some research, figured out when the ideal time for photography was, and found a good location in the desert outside of Phoenix, Arizona.
Desert Rising - New River, Arizona. Photograph by Dan Loerch
Unfortunately, things did not work out.

"I failed," Dan said. "Clouds and sleep took me out."

Sometimes all of the planning in the world isn't enough to overcoming Mother Nature or fatigue or something else unforeseen. Sometimes you put in all sorts of effort, yet you come home empty handed.
"I saw a total of seven Perseids but have none in my pocket," Dan continued. "It's hard to stay awake at 3 am waiting several minutes to close a camera's shutter."

If the story ended here, it would be a sad one. Thankfully, it doesn't.

Photography is just as much about the adventure as it is the image. The places we see, the things we experience, and the people we meet are an integral part of the photography continuum. This is not a sideline sport. Photography is an adventure, with ups and downs and surprises around the corners.

Even if something didn't work out as you'd hoped, you still gained the experience of trying.

"Failure is to never try," Dan concluded. "I did wake up to the sunrise. I did capture my falling star, the next night. No regrets, never."

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