While out for my walk the other day I saw the perfect sunset. Since I am practicing taking pictures (and what better subject to work with than sunsets?) I wanted to capture the moment with a photo. But I wanted to just get up the hill a little ways so that I would have a better view.
But sunsets don’t wait for an amateur photographer to get up the hill a little ways. It dipped below the mountain and I lost the perfect moment. My photo is a few seconds too late of what would have been a breathtaking shot. I missed the moment.
The lesson is to seize the moment and make the most of it because once it is gone it is gone. I’d like to say I learned the lesson but a similar thing happened a few days later. Being aware of the moment as it is happening is not an easy concept to learn. The concept of perfect does not exist in life. There is no such thing as a perfect anything except for a perfect moment. All we get is a brief moment of perfectness at times. Hopefully, I gain the ability to recognize those abrupt and limited moments as they happen.
2 thoughts on “The Moment Lost”
I miss a lot of those moments, but I keep taking photos with my phone which is with me on all walks. They get uploaded to Google photos and when I look at them there I get a second surprise. Some photos I didn’t expect to be very interesting turned out to be amazing (at least to me). And what I thought would be amazing was not so much. Your sunset was beautiful, by the way.
Thank you! I didn’t realize how much of a tech snob I am until I realized how many of my photos attempt to eliminate man’s handiwork in them. Hmm. Interesting thought train that would be.
I try not to be consumed with “always trying to capture the perfect moment” so that I can experience the moment. But I remember the captured moments a little better 🤷🏻♀️
I enjoy the photography you post on your blog as well.