Looking north from the Temple in the Sea
You know that one last shot? The one you never take? Because you’ve taken enough photos. You got the one you want. You’re tired. You’re ready to go home. The people you’re with are ready to go home. You can always come back. All those reasons?
I was shooting the Temple in the Sea. 90° off to my right was this unsightly barge and beyond it, the lights of the East/West Corridor. I knew it was there. But it wasn’t went out to shoot.
I was already halfway packed up. Tripod legs closed up, camera still on it though. Stopped to chat with a photographer colleague I hadn’t spoken to in years and the camera was just sitting there.
A few minutes into the conversation I thought, "Hmm, camera’s just sitting there. Might as well point it that way and see what happens…"
30-second exposure later and I end up with the one photo of the evening that makes my wife say “Ooooh! I like that one!”
That last shot? Take it.