In another post I mentioned how photography and luck go hand-in-hand. But what happened here, is the epitome of how luck can literally “make” a photograph!
February 2014, and the winter is particularly brutal this year here in Toronto! Continuing freezing temperatures and back-to-back storms!
Still, there is an unparalleled beauty to the snow coming down. I was experimenting with my iPhone and its amazing panoramic features when I suddenly saw this little guy emerging through the snow on our deck, right next to the summer table, which is now covered-up and snowed-in.
I snapped a photo with my iPhone just in case I missed him later, and rushed for my SLR.
It only took 2 minutes, but … what a disappointment! By the time I was back he was gone!
“Too good to be true”, I am thinking.
The snow was still falling and I was firing-away at the landscape when I saw something literally jumping out in my viewfinder!
Never planned for it and surely I didn’t expect it either!
I couldn’t believe my luck! There he was, in all his glory, sitting right in front of me on the deck railing this time, at a distance of 10 feet. As if this wasn’t lucky enough, he had a nut in his paws! He was too consumed with his newly-found treasure that hadn’t even noticed me! Little buggers, they hide them somewhere, I bet! He just sat there, modeling for me.
The incredible Canon EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM fired away, wide-open to throw-off the background, and freeze motion in the low natural light, and …voilà! Tricky one to perfect right-off camera, but thanks to RAW shooting and post processing in Adobe’s Camera Raw (later redone in Lightroom) and then Photoshop CS6 it all came to life.
Pure luck, I tell you!