I've seen to many photographers complain about their many varied circumstances… how they're not perfect and they're not able to get the shot they really want.
I was tempted to curse my fate about the white trailer parked in front of the temple and all the people scrambling around it to take in freshly washed drapes back into the temple. And then all those cars that showed up while I was taking pictures and causing distractions in the otherwise empty parking lot.
The sunset was looking amazing and I was feeling very antsy about taking advantage of this awesome opportunity. "Move! People!" I thought.
Didn't these people know I had traveled so very far to get this shot and that I would be doing something awesome for many of the members of the church in their area. That perhaps these would be prints they'd be hanging in their home some day?
Didn't they know it would be so easy to wait or at least move their trailer. Why did they have to do this all at sunset? Why didn't they park at the back of the temple where I couldn't see the cars? Why did a few of them just lounge in the most unfortunate location at the front doors?
Why why why?
But I caught myself… and instead… I said to myself I'm good enough to make great pictures in less than perfect situations.
Therefore the trailer and people were all there… hiding behind signs and bushes. And even cars are just out of frame covered by flowers… All I had to do was position myself and get low and change my thinking.
Many of my pictures are shot out of necessity and not out of heavy planning.
Good for you if you can control everything… to the rest of us mere mortals we'll just work on getting better and more capable at handling the situations that come our way.
Vancouver Canada Temple
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