Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Photo Tip #15...Whatever it takes

I still remember the day the giant sea turtle was making his way up on the beach on the North Shore of Hawaii, just as I was getting there with camera in hand. Wow...talk about the right place at the right time! Turtles move really slow so I went into full paparazzi mode. “That was easy” I thought, as I tucked my cheap Gateway point-and-shoot camera back in my pocket. One of my favorite images came from that moment. Times like that are great, but more often than not, I have to work hard to capture the image I want.

It is very normal to find myself at the beach before sunrise, or hiking up and down cliffs at sunset to capture something special. I always make it a point to be safe, but sometimes great images are all about perspiration.
Thomas Edison said it like this… “Success is 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration.”

Top floor Waikiki Sheraton Hotel - Oahu, Hawaii
Some of my favorite images have come when I hiked an extra distance to get into the middle of a field, instead of shooting from the side of the road. Taking the trail back a little further might allow you to capture a stunning waterfall. Taking the elevator to the top of the 40th floor might give you the stunning view that the ground floor could not.

So…without putting yourself in harm's way…do whatever it takes to get that great shot! A little sweat can bring great results!

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