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The shot I almost missed.

Sunset Over Narragansett

The shot I almost missed.

A very short story about capturing, and almost missing the perfect shot.

After a fun filled day of taking photos and seeing the sights in Newport, Rhode Island, we had just finished packing up the cameras and were heading back home when I looked out the car window and noticed a full "Icebow" halo around the setting sun. Wow! And to make it even better, the halo had an immaculate mirror image of itself reflecting off the calm waters of Narragansett Bay. Gorgeous!

For a brief moment I was not thinking about photography, but was only admiring the beauty and spectacle of this rare occurrence. It was perfect; dark storm clouds, setting sun, icebow, tranquil waters, reflections, sailboats. What more could you ask for?

Then I realized, and we could not get the car stopped quick enough to catch this once in a lifetime shot. As the halo was starting to become obscured by the oncoming storm, I jumped out of the still moving car while at the same time trying to attach the lens back onto my camera. I ran as quick as I could to the edge of a nearby pier and raised the camera to my eye to frame the shot. Lens cap! I yanked the lens cap off, raised the camera to my eye, framed the shot, and pressed the shutter. Damn, forgot to turn the camera on. I took a few deep and calming breaths, relaxed, turned the camera on, checked and double checked all the settings, then raised it to my eye, framed the shot, and pressed the shutter a couple quick times - capturing the beautiful image just moments before it completely disappeared.

The shot that I almost missed turned out to be one of my favorite photos from the trip.

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6 responses

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (10 Nov 2012):

    lovely shot and narration... Vote!!!

  • Todd Cliff

    Todd Cliff said (15 Nov 2012):

    That's a great shot. I love Newport!

  • JamesHarmon McQuilkin

    JamesHarmon McQuilkin   gave props (18 Nov 2012):

    Beautiful shot and humility to boot.

  • kil roy metters

    kil roy metters said (1 Dec 2012):

    never "pack up" the camera.............and throw the lens cap in the trash......but a wonderful shot and educational story

  • Andrew Dutton

    Andrew Dutton (Deleted) said (4 Dec 2012):

    I can relate to this, I have missed many shots because I hesitated or didn't have my camera ready.

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon   gave props (7 Dec 2012):

    Such a fabulous capture of a splendid sight!! .. Love the story, in the excitement of the moment it goes that way sometimes.

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