When Nature Strikes a Pose

As a photographer I'm typically looking for the position and angle for an interesting composition, or I'm looking for a day and time for perfect weather, sky and/or light that will allow for a fine art photograph.  Admittedly this effort often results in less than perfect photographs that don't satisfy my expectations. Occasionally however nature presents special opportunities that surprise and capture my attention. Moments when nature "strikes a pose," to borrow a line from Madonna's song Vogue.  These special moments are often made by the sunlight breaking through the clouds creating special lighting and shadows on a beautiful natural scene.  There is an anticipation and excitement in these moments when my eyes see and experience the scene, as I strive to photograph that fleeting opportunity before it vanishes.  

I had that experience this weekend at Longwood Gardens as I was exploring and photographing one of their beautiful flower gardens.  I found a beautiful bed of white flowers and was looking for a grouping of blossoms and an angle that would make an striking composition. Unexpected for only several seconds I saw a beautifully composition of fresh beautiful blossoms caught in emerging late afternoon sunlight with a shadowed bed of other blossoms in the background.   I quickly took a bracketed set of exposures before the light again changed.  I took a breath and hoped that I had caught that moment and experience. My anticipation continued when I got home and loaded my image files onto the computer to be viewed all the time asking myself, "Did I capture it?"  All photographers cherish the subsequent moments of success and the carefully work of processing the imagines to best express our personal experience.  My resulting photograph from this weekend is now leads my "Plants & Flowers" portfolio on this website.

Later, we enjoy these images since they allow us to again experience those moments in our memories.  But we continue to wonder, "Can others sense our experiences by looking at our photographs?"  At times we get a positive confirmation as we share these images with our family, friends and the public; they may respond with insightful feedback that reflects their sharing and comprehending the experiences we express.  These interactions with our colleagues and their feedback can motivate us to go back again to experience and make new photographs of the natural world that we seek and cherish.