Last year, one of my favorite images was of the same man that is in this image. I was happy to find him again as was the rest of the group. So, what to do? I already have a wonderful image from last year. How do I make better one? I stood back and let the gang enjoy the moment. I moved out of the way and to the side to let others have the better location to shoot. Then I decided to shoot wider this time as last years image was a close up. After we left, a participant showed me his image that included the man’s wife. I was happy for him, but disappointed that I didn’t get a similar image. His was excellent. When I returned home and reviewed my images, I found this one. I realized I was so focused on the man, I didn’t see his wife in the frame. What a pleasant surprise. So, what is the lesson? Sometimes we can get so caught up in the moment we don’t allow ourselves to see. By see I mean seeing beyond the obvious. Seeing beyond our expectations. Seeing beyond our visual memory bank of ideas. I was so focused on him, I was blind to the other elements of the scene.
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