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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