06 Sep How to Be Lucky
This is a lucky photo (above).
It shows a shy bird just before taking flight. In the next frame (an 8th of a second later) the bird was gone.
Because of the way its feathers are spread out, I rate this as a once in a lifetime photo.
I’ve taken other photos of a Common Yellowthroat.
Here’s a classic view, of the female.
And here’s the male.
Since most people want to be lucky, here are three steps that everyone can take:
That is, show up. Good luck comes to those who go out and do something.
Obviously, doing nothing leads to having nothing.
Next, pay attention.
In photography, notice colors, differences, movements – anything and everything that might be an opportunity.
So be fully aware of the environment around you.
In fact, adjust your way of walking to facilitate awareness. For example, pause occasionally, walk slowly, and move quietly.
Finally, know how to take advantage of opportunities when they appear.
In photography, this requires being able to use a camera as an organic extension of your creative process.
One More Point
Did you notice that each of these steps is a choice? That is, we choose to show up, to pay attention, and to be prepared.
So that’s good news.
Because now we are all in control of being lucky.
PS: I added names for the birds that appear in the slide show on my home page. See: Birds By Steve.
Help Birds Tip
Why #1: Many birds eat plants, bugs, and seeds on the ground. As a result, these chemicals poison birds. These chemicals also kill bees and other critters that perform essential functions in the environment.
Why #2: Pesticides make people sick. The sad part of this is: People become sick a long time after coming into contact with these chemicals. That happens because the toxins accumulate in body tissue, eventually causing cancers or other disorders.
Here’s an article that tells more: See Pest Control Chemicals
The American Bird Conservancy’s web site contains valuable info on birds plus issues that affect birds. See: American Bird Conservancy
Here’s an outstanding book about bird conservation: Bird Conservation
I own this book and refer to it often. So I recommend it.