Instant Persistence

By: Darrell Klein

May 21 2007

Category: Art, Creativity, Image, photography

1 Comment

Photo:  L at Dusk – Lakewood, TN

There is something to be said for photographers who are dedicated enough to show up at a particular location multiple times until everything is just right for a photo opportunity that they have seen in their minds eye perfectly.  To these photographers, it is very rewarding to capture their subject when the lighting and other elements are at or near perfection.  I have experienced this myself and it can be quite satisfying.

However, there are many times that we as photographers are not handed the perfect set of elements.  We may be on a once in a lifetime trip and the weather doesn’t cooperate.  We might be pressed for time due to a busy personal schedule.  Whatever the case may be, there are times when we simply must play the cards we are dealt.  We must try to make the best of a less than ideal situation.  I like to call this instant persistence.

Instant persistence is about not giving up just because the lighting is not right.  It is about not giving up because the sky is overcast when you were hoping for puffy white clouds in a partly cloudy sky.  Instant persistence is about going out for a few quick snaps before the sun goes down even though you know the best light of the day left about 45 minutes ago. 

I feel like there is something to be said for instant persistence.  You never know if you will get another chance to catch that subject.  Enjoy the rewards now because that “perfect” opportunity may never present itself.

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One comment on “Instant Persistence”

  1. I tend to shoot very haphazardly lol. I tend to be very in the moment. Maybe it’s ADD, I don’t know. If I go soemwhere and the conditions aren’t right or the photo didn’t work for some reason, I usually abandon it. The same goes with editing. If I don’t edit photos immediatly, I probably won’t. I find it difficult to back through things and take a second look.

    I wish I were more persistant


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