Are you a planner or a fly-by-the-seat of your pants type of person? Me, I'm the one that sees something and wants to do it then...not in a week or a year, but right then and now. And then, whatever I've tried to plan, usually it's a total fail. Both ways are good and both ways have their place in the world. But, I think it's when you least expect it, that the great stuff happens.
I think of this picture often, when trying to plan. This picture was supposed to be planned, but took about three seconds and I was one crabby mom when I took it.
A few years back we went to Washington D.C. It was the last stop (other than London) on our National Treasure tour. The only place I had on my list was the Vietnam Memorial. We could go anywhere else, but this was the one place I wanted to go and I wanted to spend time taking pictures.
We got there, only after we visited Arlington National Cemetery (which just doesn't do it for young boys and where one of them knocked over a barrier during the Changing of the Guard) and then walking to the Lincoln Memorial...(look, it's just a short walk) and nearly getting killed crossing a traffic circle, But there was Lincoln and I wanted to get a cool shot of him, but my dad called and I had to talk about someone dying that we all knew. Then, crossing the park...but first stopping to get a overpriced drink and chips and trying not to get wet because it started to rain.
But, I could see it...and we walked right to it. And I had my camera and I was trying to explain to the boys the symbolic nature of it all and why it was designed the way it was and there was Matt, complaining that he was wet and Ryan...yes, he found another barrier to snap and knock over. And I looked for my husband, who was off talking to a veteran and I was just so utterly disgusted by the whole process that I just snapped it.
And I got it.
Every time I look at this picture, I think of all the memories that preceded it. So, I'm wondering, what was your mistake? What did you do that was totally unexpected and it turn out fantastic?