What is the picture you wished you had taken?
Yesterday, while driving to work, I noticed all the dark storm clouds hanging over the Minneapolis skyline. They were quite quite spectacular looking, all dark drays and blues and blacks. It could have been a scene from some scary movie. All that was needed was lightning to strike one of the towering bank buildings and the mood would have been complete.
The photographer in me was dying to pull over and grab a photo, but I did not have my camera with me and there was no way to pull over. Even having my iPhone with me was no comfort because rush hour was in full swing, and any overpass I could have reached was too busy. I could just see me being the crazy woman with a camera causing an accident. Sigh. A great photo will be stuck in my mind forever.
Realizing this, made me think about all the other great photos I have regretted taking.
- There was the shot of hundreds of seagulls taking flight from a park near Lake Nokomis. The sun lit their wings and made them look almost magical, but I could not stop for because I was on my way to work.
- There was also the little red fox that crossed my path just as I discovered I had a flat tire in an unknown area. As you can imagine, I was little too distracted to grab my camera and take the shot.
- And then, there was the little town cemetery my sister and I saw on our drive through the backwoods of Montana. The setting sun had added a special glow to the circle of United States flags ringing the cemetery. It made for an incredible shot. Unfortunately, we were also in a rush to get to Billings before dark and decided to keep moving. To this day, we still talk about that missed shot.
Throughout my life, I can remember the shots I didn’t get, including several of my dogs. I have very few pictures of my first dog, Alicia, and even fewer of my dogs Aspen and Indy. That is why taking pictures of my dogs is so very important to me now. I don’t want to look back and wish I had taken more. I don’t want to look back and always remember the shot I missed because I was too busy to take it.
Do you have that one photo you wished you had taken when you had the chance? Is there one image in your mind that sticks with you because you didn’t? If so, what was it?