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on Feb 3, 2011 in Random Thoughts

Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained

Being skunked, just what does that mean in the realm of photography? Most interpret it as coming back empty handed almost to the point of being a looser. What self respecting photographer goes out with a camera and comes back with no photograph? So with that mind set, some go out and try to force a photograph when in fact, there are none to be had. We all fall into that trap at one time or another and not until you’ve moved down the road a while do you realize that, it just happens. Now a days, when that happens for example when shooting landscapes, I simply say, “I’m not feeling the love.” Today was a totally different scenario but with the same outcome. You might have heard the weather is a bit wild across the country. Wind is just not a good thing for wildlife or aviation photography and most photography in general (except when storm chasing when you want the wind). Jake & I arrived yesterday to the desert east of Las Vegas to 50mph winds and bloody cold temps. When we went out this morning, we knew we weren’t going to make any clicks and sure enough, no clicks were made. At the end of the day, I was asked why we drove six hours knowing that all odds were against us ever making a click? It’s real simple, there have been way too many times when I went out against the odds and was greatly rewarded for going out. Not every time, but enough times to know it’s worth it to give it a try. To me the odds of being skunked are so slim that nothing ventured is nothing gained.