This photo of Shannon was ad-hoc, squeezed in-between other concepts we had planned during our photoshoot. The sunlight was disappearing, and in the rush to complete everything, I am embarrassed to admit that I had set my camera incorrectly--with a shutter speed of only 1/20 of a second. Even with my camera's high-tech image-stabilization, the slightest camera movement at such a slow shutter speed typically yields an unusable blurry image. A tripod would normally be called for, but I was standing on a wiggly step ladder and shooting handheld. Most of my photos were blurred beyond usability. Yet for this particular shot, my hand managed to remain steady enough and this ended up being my favorite image of the entire shoot.
We sometimes hear that certain activities are X% skill and Y% luck. What about photography? I wonder how many famous photos were created with a large amount of luck. Undoubtedly there were many. For good reason, many photographers might not be quick to admit that luck is a factor their photos--doing so is not a great way to inspire confidence in a client. It is possible that there are photographers with penultimate skills and for whom nothing ever goes haywire. Those are the photographers I'd want to hire for my once-in-a-lifetime events such as my wedding! Then there's me... Yes, I have some technical proficiency. Yes, I have an ever-growing portfolio of photos for which I am not embarrassed. But are some of my photos the result of luck? Absolutely.
So, I stand before you today admitting that capturing this photo was lucky!
Model: Shannon Watson
Hair: Topher Carnes
Makeup: Lindsey Vidal