Lessons learned by failing to click

Sometimes the photo opportunities we miss actually teach us a valuable life lesson.

I have, on occassion, failed to take a photograph and regretted it later.

  • Nearly a decade ago, I saw a Cassowary in a northern Queensland rainforest but failed to get a photo of it. At the time I didn’t realise how rare these amazing birds are.
  • I was once lucky enough to see a wild deer wading in a stream in the Grampians (Victoria, Australia). With my finger poised on the shutter, I waited for it to turn its head back to me – but in doing so I completely missed getting a photo. I watched it wade out of the water and away from view.
  • On a bus trip to Tin Can Bay on Australia’s Sunshine Coast, the tour operator advised us to look out for wild brumbies in the area. I saw some along the roadside but, thinking it a common sight, made no effort to get a photo or even tell anyone. I later found out that nobody else on the bus had seen them, and a sighting is actually not common.

Disappointment has been replaced by gratitude for the valuable lessons I have gained by missed photo opportunities: don’t take any sight for granted; don’t be so focussed on getting the ‘perfect’ shot that you miss getting one altogether; and getting a photo is not the be-all and end-all because I have great memories of these encounters even if I did not bring back proof. :)

Happy photoing!
Sally

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  • Margaret Shark
  • Sally Kate Yeoman
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