Oops, Missed The Shot


Let's Boogie! 55mm, f/22, 1/60s, ISO 100

Returning from a recent visit to Big Bend National Park I decided I had to have a shot of an 80 mph speed limit sign.  It’s awesome to be able to legally drive that speed on a long trip.  I pulled over — being very careful to avoid parking over long, dry grass which might ignite due to hot exhaust pipes.  An aperture of f/22 was chosen (bright daylight, wanted full DOF), I waited for traffic to clear, then took the shot.  When I was going through pictures at home my son said, “Why didn’t you take the shot while some truck was screaming by at 85 mph to include motion blur to illustrate the speed?”.  My first thought was, “Why didn’t you suggest that when we stopped along the highway…?”.

Of course, he was absolutely correct.  I missed the best shot — one that would have been very simple to get.  In fact I purposely *avoided* that shot for some silly reason.  Another example of why we should slow down and think about what we want to portray in a shot.


2 responses

  1. Nice post, the speeding truck would have made a nice addition, although we all have had moments like that, missing something good in a shot, take care

    August 29, 2011 at 11:50 am

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