When Vision, Preparation and Serendipity Meet

In street photography, you often have to compromise between the story and the perfect composition or light. No matter what, the story always wins. That’s the reason why street photographers don’t get bothered by a noisy photograph or unplanned motion blur. We capture life as it unfolds. It’s not perfect, but who needs perfect? Perfection is often the synonym of boring. Also, it is the quest for the story combined with the best light and composition that keeps us walking those streets for hours and hours. We only have one shot at capturing something special, a fraction of a second that will never happen again. Every street photographer knows the feeling when he or she just immortalized something unique. When the light, the composition and the subject all fall into place. Those moments are so special that, once you know you have the shot, you could just as easily put the camera away for the rest of the day. You’re a photographer, you know what I’m talking about.

That feeling never gets old. I get it every time I know I just captured the shot I was envisioning. It doesn’t happen on every photo walk, but when it does, nothing beats it. It happened this weekend in Chicago when I was standing on a train platform looking down at the beautiful dappled light falling onto the crosswalk below. I envisioned the shot, I was ready to capture it and, out of the blue, the perfect subjects entered my frame so that I could immortalize the moment.

Tell me your story! When was the last time vision, preparation and serendipity all fell into place during a photo walk?


Under The L ~ Chicago ©Valérie Jardin

Under The L ~ Chicago ©Valérie Jardin


2 thoughts on “When Vision, Preparation and Serendipity Meet

  1. Brilliantly put – I cannot agree more about the satisfaction of getting that perfect shot which is enough to last you for the rest of the day (or even the rest of the trip!) 🙂


  2. Well said, Valerie. That was a very special image and you have the skill and anticipation that made it possible. Great shots are never lucky.


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