Wednesday, September 04, 2019

Go Figure

"Sara Campanini and Francesco Riva of Italy perform in the Junior Ice Dance - Rhythm Dance during Day 2 of the ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating at Herb Brooks Arena on August 30, 2019 in Lake Placid, New York."

Being patient is one of the most difficult things about photography.

In the world of photojournalism, there is no controlling a scene. Once it happens, it cannot be recreated. In other words, if you miss it, the opportunity is over.

This means, what you see is what you get. When you find the right composition, and decide to camp there for any certain period of time, it's a gamble.

The internal struggle is a challenge. At what point to do bail and move on? If you get what you were seeing, can it get better? Is the picture even worth the time? It's a continual juggle of time, energy and mental planning that never gets easier with time.

In this case, I had seen this shot the day before and knew I had a chance to one up myself with a better picture.

It was a matter of time management, and a little luck with colors and athletes positioning, that ultimately made this image worth it for the day.


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