When we often think of getting the perfect shot at something, or of something, we think of it as something that only comes once. But, I can’t help thinking, what if it comes more than once? I look at a few of my shots over the past while and wonder if I couldn’t have done that more than once at that time. Because, unlike life, I often bracket my shots (taking one shot overexposed and one underexposed in addition to the one I’ve dialed in on the camera), I just may get it more than once, but with a slightly different exposure: I’m doing this to not only get it right, but to see what different exposures might look like. Life, however, doesn’t really allow for bracketing like you can do with the camera, but it allows for us to try our best at getting it right, we just need to see that we need to look outside ourselves to do just that.
We do get our second chances at getting it right, for the most part, and we often worry too much about missing it that, when it does come, our worrying distracts us and we still end up missing it, despite our best attempts. I end up being so guilty of this that I’ve started really looking back at my old photographs to see if I’ve gotten close to capturing the right moment and that gets me thinking of how I can learn from the shots I’m taking another look at. I know I’ve said this all before, but it really needs to be said again, especially if you’re like me and forget things all too easily; learning from previous shots is another challenge entirely because we’re creatures of habit and it’s all too easy for us, myself included to continue along the same path. How does this relate to us getting that one perfect shot? It’s about learning in order to get that one shot. Personally, I think we need to get faith right, but other than that, there might not always be a clear way to get that shot, or thing, perfect or even close to being 100% right.
When I look back at shots that I’ve taken, especially like the one above, I can’t help but wonder, knowing that I’ll revisit it again and probably tweak it some more, how I’m going to learn from this one. Maybe next time I’ll use my shutter speed better (more effectively) to allow in more light, use a polarizer to enhance contrast, or even shoot it with a filter meant for special effects; the important thing is that I’ll try something different and try to learn from what I did that time around in order to help the next time. That’s what I’ll try to do the next time to get that one shot.