Often we will painstakingly research a location or topic for an image, we will study weather patterns and other aspects such as sunrise, sunset or other lighting effects. We'll consult 'how to' guides, to ensure we haven't missed anything in preparation for the shot. Not to mention getting to the location or making arrangements to be where you need to be to ensure the image will be made. Then having the competence, skills and knowledge to make the shot and (of course) the equipment required to do so (solar filters, ND filters, ND grads, polarizer, correct lens or lenses, remote release, tripod etc).
We'll plan for years, months, weeks or days to be where we need to be with all of the above in place, then we will wait on location often for days and almost always for hours to make the perfectly planned, perfectly timed, well composed and well exposed image, only to be told by people viewing the image "Oh you're so lucky".
I confess, at times it drives me crazy. There are often elements of fortune involved in photography, but to be able to capitalize on those elements there has always been preparation of some sort. With this in mind I am adding a new feature to my 'Tips & More' section today for 'lucky photography'. These are images that have earned the title by virtue of the comments received when the image is made public.
Just how much 'luck' was involved I'll leave to you to decide, I'll just post the images and the stories behind them beginning with the image below of an owl at sunset. You will find the story in the 'Lucky Photography' section along with a couple more to start the topic. I will add to it as and when those misguided comments drive me to frustration, at least now I'll have a place to vent.
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