Photography and the one that got away (#3)

By: Kirsty

Mar 22 2010

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Category: Black Saturday, bush magic, Daily Photos, On Photography


Focal Length:28mm
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:Canon EOS-1D Mark II


One of the most difficult things to learn in photography, as in life, is to let go. When I first formally studied photography (way back in 1985) I was obsessed. So much so that everything I looked at was a potential subject. Of course, the vast majority of the brilliant photographs that surrounded me never actually made it on to film. It was frustrating at first. I would have given up photography entirely if I hadn’t learned to let go.

Of course I ‘miss’ just as many shots now as I ever did. This week I am traveling again, driving across the country on my own. The day I left I had the extraordinary experience of driving alongside a pair of low flying ducks. They were moving at the same speed as the car, on the passenger side, and exactly parallel to it. For about 30 seconds, if only someone else had been driving, I would have been able to get a brilliant shot of these ducks, still and sharp, against a motion blurred background of trees. It was a stunning image which, of course, I couldn’t capture because I was driving. I did get to be there and see it, and that in itself was amazing.

On the other hand I did stop and capture the above image earlier on the same day. This was taken in the bush between Marysville and Narbethong, in an area that was burnt out a year ago. The eucalypt is an incredible tree. Last year these were just charred black sticks. Now they are abundant with new growth. Last year they looked dead and now they are so vibrant and alive.

So for every shot that I take there are a million things I see that I don’t photograph. These, too, are beautiful moments. Over time I have learned to be more resilient.

9 comments on “Photography and the one that got away (#3)”

  1. Kirsty, I can’t see ‘the one that got away’ probably clicking wrong, but there’s no image at the top, sorry

  2. Sorry Lynda, I posted it then realized I had put the wrong version of the photo so maybe you were looking while I was changing it.

  3. Sorry still can’t see it Kirsty. Is it at the top? At one point I got some blank frames of four with links – but nothing. Hope you’re not having what I had on wordpress the other day.

  4. I’m not sure why you can’t see it – I can. Ah well, even wordpress isn’t perfect I guess. Maybe it will be there tomorrow.

  5. Its there – it didn’t get away!

  6. YES! I see trees of green! (singing the Halleluja chorus) Don’t know what happened before, but its fixed now. Great image – love the way the path falls away and the growth on the trees. What straight trees!

  7. Is this what you call the “bush”? I learned something new. I have always envisioned the bush in Australia (when I read about it in novels) as being like a bunch of mesquite or brambly bushes. This is gorgeous! Like what we call a forest or a woods? Thank-you, Kirsty. Beautiful photo.

  8. Leslie, we call anything that still has something like its original flora and fauna ‘The Bush’. This scene is actually quite unusual – gum trees look very different when they regrow after fire. Quite surreal don’t you think? I will take a photo of the unburned bush on my way back so you can see the difference.

  9. Thank-you, Kirsty! I will have new visions when I read and I like that. I do think it is very surreal. There seems to be a certain uniformity in this photo that seems to contribute to that.

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