Often, when I make a photograph, I have a result in mind. Sometimes I clearly end up with something different, either one that goes right in the trash or one that is a delightful surprise. There are times, however, when I hold on to the photograph wanting it to be something more like what I had in mind, knowing at some level it will never be that. Not unlike many other things in life!
The storm cloud I posted yesterday ( again posted above) was one of those delights! I was thrilled with the photograph and still enjoy coming back to it with amazement at the power of the storm.
What I had really wanted, however, was the same sort of cloud but soaring instead over Camel’s Hump, the iconic mountain profile of Central Vermont. Making that photography simply wasn’t possible. The clouds and the mountain were in the wrong places. I might possible have driven to a different point, like Galen Rowell did when he ran until the rainbow was over the Potala Palace, where all things lined up perfectly but by then the clouds would certainly have dissipated.
The one photograph I did make of the clouds over Camel’s Hump is OK but it just isn’t what I really wanted it to be—damn it!
So it is a great opportunity to once again remember this simple lesson: a photograph can’t be more than it really is, even if I really, really want it to be! “If only… .”