The luck of the shot ... sometimes a photo just happens!

By
Real Estate Agent with Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Metro Brokers

RiverPhotography is a visual art. It takes preparation and determination to get a good shot. I was always armed with my trusty Nikon 8088 and carried several lenses wherever I went.

One winter, I was at a friend's cabin in North Georgia which is on the Chattahoochee River. In this part of Georgia, it is more like a wide stream, clear and running and rocky!

I set up my camera on a tripod and decided to tale some long exposure of the river. I set the f-stop as closed as I could get it, F32 I believe and a 30 second shutter speed. After checking the meter and double-checking again, I hit the shutter button,

Amazingly, although it was a blustery cold day, when I pulled my eye away from the viewfinder, there was a kayak on the way down the river. He went right acriss the field of view.

What are the odds that the only boat that came past the property all day came just at the time my shutter was open? I waited anxiously for the film to be developed, and the resulting image is displayed here.

It's a cool abstract that once explained, is somewhat obvious. The cold green of the river and the orange kayak make a pleasing combination of colors. I really liked this shot, although it was pure luck that I got it!

Sometimes, it just happens!

Richard Weisser, Broker, Associate Broker, Auctioneer, E-Pro, CE Instructor
Era United Realty, Newnan Georgia, Coweta Fayette Real Estate, Inc.
Serving Coweta, Fayette, Heard, Meriwether, South Fulton, Pike and Spalding Counties
770-827-6225, 770-683-8400 X364, 770-683-8401 (FAX)
Follow me on Twitter Account cowetafayette
All content, including text, original art, photographs and images, is the exclusive property of Coweta Fayette Real Estate, Inc., and may not be used without the expressed written permission of Coweta Fayette Real Estate, Inc. All information is believed to be accurate but is not warranted, Copyright 2003-2008.

close

This entry hasn't been re-blogged:

Re-Blogged By Re-Blogged At
Spam prevention

Accessibility option: listen to a question and answer it!

To submit the form,
drag the leaf to the circle on the side.

Type below the answer to what you hear. Numbers or words, lowercase:

Topic:
ActiveRain Community
Groups:
Dedicated Bloggers
Photography
Realtors®
The Lounge at Active Rain
"Whacked"!!!
Tags:
photography
photos

Comments 18 New Comment

Anonymous
Post a Comment
Spam prevention

Accessibility option: listen to a question and answer it!

To submit the form,
drag the airplane to the circle on the side.

Type below the answer to what you hear. Numbers or words, lowercase:

Show All Comments
Rainer
38,293
Raylene Lewis
Century 21 Beal, Inc.
Really unusual photo! I love it and wish I had time for photo taking! My original degree was in photo journalism. This pic should definitely hang on a wall! :)
August 02, 2008 11:02 PM
Rainmaker
652,546
Bob & Carolin Benjamin
East Phoenix Arizona Homes
Benjamin Realty LLC
Unusual photo. Very nice.You are right, you never know when a great photo will happen,
August 02, 2008 11:33 PM
Rainmaker
525,227
Jeremy Blanton
210 Consulting~ Social Media Advisors

Im usually not big on the abstract, but I find this one pretty cool!

August 03, 2008 12:07 AM
Rainmaker
160,906
Mark Organek
Las Sendas Homes for Sale REALTOR
RE/MAX Alliance Group
For a while there, I thought this was going to be on some kind of unexplainable giant water creature. Neat photo.
August 03, 2008 12:25 AM
Ambassador
1,645,565
Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Coweta Newnan Homes for Sale
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Metro Brokers

Raylene...

Thanks, I was please when I first saw it!

B&C...

If you keep the shutter open long enough, something is bound to happen! Thanks.

Jeremy...

Thank you, I appreciate that!

Mark..

A kayaker in the middle of winter is unexplainable! lol and thanks

 

 

August 03, 2008 05:43 AM
Rainer
320,761
Chip Jefferson
Gibbs Realty and Auction Company

Cool photo. I'm not very good at taking photos myself so I usually leave that up to someone else, usually hubby or one of my daughters.

August 03, 2008 06:42 AM
Rainmaker
428,514
Anne Hensel
Realtor - Broker - St. Pete Beach, Treasure Island
South Beaches Real Estate Professionals

Awesome photo. You could probalby not take it if you wanted to.

I love to take photos, but I am just soooooo bad with it.

August 03, 2008 07:59 AM
Rainer
116,572
Bo Hussung
Bell Title /Triserv LLC

Richard, there are no coincidences in life and the resulting shot is a perfect explanation for why it happened the way it did.....it was supposed to be that way......Coll shot!

Bo

August 03, 2008 08:45 AM
Rainmaker
891,596
Michael Setunsky
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA
Michael's Commercial LLC

Sometimes we need a little luck in our lives. This photo couldn't have turned out better, if you planned it. A great conversation piece with a great story behind it.

August 03, 2008 09:01 AM
Rainmaker
196,266
Kathy Anderson
Arizona Retirement Homes For Sale, Sun City Grand
HomeSmart

Someday I'm going to buy myself a mega camera and get into photography.  My nephew and his wife always have theirs with them and I want to be able to get the shots they do.

August 03, 2008 09:05 AM
Rainmaker
244,206
April Hayden-Munson
Brookfield Wisconsin Real Estate

Beautiful photo - it would look really nice framed on the wall!  In "Richards Studio" -  maybe when you retire you should open a photo studio?

August 03, 2008 09:10 AM
Rainmaker
630,067
Don Rogers
Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes
Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield

Richard,

When I first saw the photo I wasn't sure what I was looking at, But It Captured My Attention, now that I have read the story behind it I agree you could not have planned it any better.  Thank you for sharing the pic and the story.

Don R.

August 03, 2008 09:15 AM
Ambassador
1,645,565
Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Coweta Newnan Homes for Sale
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Metro Brokers

Laura...

It just takes a little practice! Thanks.

Anne...

That's why it's always great to be ready to shoot ... it can pay off big time! Thanks.

Bo...

And now that instant is preserved in visual format forever! THX

Michael...

Sometimes something will ruin a shot, sometimes it makes it memorable! Thank you for the comment.

Kathy...

I always recommend an SLR so you can use lenses and filters! They're the real deal! Thanks.

April...

I may HAVE to sooner that I want to! lol

Don...

Sometimes an image conjures up all sorts of things! Thank you. as always!

 

 

August 03, 2008 12:05 PM
Ambassador
1,876,543
Chris Ann Cleland
Associate Broker, Northern VA
Long & Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA

Richard:  I really enjoy your photographs.  And you'reright ...what are the odds that the kayak came by at the exact moment that your shutter was open?  Clearly, a moment meant to be captured by you. 

August 03, 2008 07:11 PM
Rainer
73,244
Pam Pugmire
Meridian Idaho Real Estate
Silvercreek Realty Group

Beautiful!  I love the abstract quality.  You are an artist! 

August 04, 2008 12:54 AM
Rainmaker
531,757
Liz Moras
Chilliwack Realtor, Garrison Crossing,Chilliwack, Abbotsford
Harrison Hot Springs, Cultus Lake

love it love it love it.................swooshing greens with a touch of flame!

August 04, 2008 02:59 AM
Rainmaker
563,876
Mike Saunders
Lanier Partners

Richard - worked out very nicely, I would never have guessed that the blur was a kayak!

August 04, 2008 06:27 AM
Rainer
8,145
Christy & Robyn Aiken
Aiken Atlas Team
Blanchard and Calhoun Real Estate Company

You are right! Amazing timing, and timing is everything! Thanks for explaining the pick because I would have never guessed it was a kayak in a river! Awesome pic thanks for sharing!

August 07, 2008 09:40 AM
Anonymous
Post a Comment
Spam prevention

Accessibility option: listen to a question and answer it!

To submit the form,
drag the magnifying-glass to the circle on the side.

Type below the answer to what you hear. Numbers or words, lowercase:

Show All Comments
Ambassador
1,645,565

Richard Weisser

Richard Weisser Coweta Newnan Homes for Sale
Ask me a question
*
*
*
Spam prevention

Accessibility option: listen to a question and answer it!

To submit the form,
drag the woman to the circle on the side.

Type below the answer to what you hear. Numbers or words, lowercase:

Additional Information