When Serendipity Strikes.....

April 01, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Decisions need to be made when contemplating making a photograph....where to shoot, what to include in the composition, the angle, best time of the day, etc. Making photographs requires planning and thought.....OK, there's a big BUT coming! BUT, most of my favorite images in my portfolio were not planned at all but rather the result of pure serendipity...just plain being at the right place at the right time. The image below is a perfect example. I had planned a shot in New York City. I wanted to photograph the Brooklyn Bridge and Lower Manhattan as the sun was setting and then into the "blue hour". I also wanted to shoot at this time so that my photograph included the lights on on the bridge and in Manhattan. In order to capture the image the way I had envisioned, I needed to shoot from halfway across the Manhattan Bridge. I began my walk across the Manhattan Bridge very late in the afternoon so that I had enough time to set up and be prepared as the sun dipped below Manhattan. I wasn't more than 100 yards into the walk when this remarkable scene appeared to the right and below me. Wow! I was not expecting this composition. It turned out that the sun was in the perfect spot as well, bathing the scene in perfect lighting. I've titled this image, "Rooftop Graffiti" for obvious reasons. Here you go:

 

 

Here is the photograph that was actually planned for that evening:

 


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