This is a post about opportunities, and about waiting for the right ones to come along...
In short, my response: Don't wait for things to be just right, don't wait for opportunities to come along, go and make your own opportunities now. Let me explain...
I have spent years waiting to have the 'right' equipment, or to be 'good enough', or to wait for the right conditions etc. etc. And I slowly came to realise that these are all just excuses, or limitations, we put on ourselves. Why? Sometimes its just fear of the unknown, sometimes its procrastination...uncertainty...doubt...or a dozen other demons whispering quietly over your shoulder, convincing you that the time isn't quite right yet...you're not ready yet.
But it's okay to have doubts and trepidations. That's normal...but doing nothing will not remove them. Don't wait for the right set of circumstances, so that it 'feels right'. Those circumstances will not come.
In January of 2017, not long after I started taking my first steps on this particular path, I had the option of going to Buttermere (Lake District, Cumbria, UK) with a friend. I wanted to get some sketches down but the weather forecast was awful, storms and rain throughout the day, poor light, mud, cold. My camera was not up to the task either. I almost didn't go...
The storm reaches over Highstile
Crossing the 'swamps'
A stream emptying rainwater into Buttermere
Wet, soggy Buttermere valley in January
Rainwater gushing down the hills in a myriad of tiny waterfalls
In the woods, sheltered from the worst of the rain
Waterfall coming off High Crag...
...and flowing into Buttermere
My friend and I ended up like cold, drowned rats. We were soaked to the skin but, as I sat in the Buttermere cafe with a steaming hot cup of coffee, looking through the photos I had taken, I realised one important thing: I might have missed all this if I'd waited for 'better conditions'. Sure, I'd have got some good photos, but not these. This is the camera I took...
My battered old Fujifilm Finepix, the lens shutters
stick and the shutter button was pretty sticky too
This 5 hour trip taught me not to wait. Nothing will ever be 'just right' if you only wait for it. This trip gave me confidence in my photography, even with imperfect equipment. It gave me countless sketch ideas for landscape paintings. In a way, it gave me back my life too. In a small way. I don't 'go with the flow' anymore, I try to make it.
The colours of January
So don't wait for things to be prefect. The world has been waiting for you for too long already. Go and make it yours...what the hell are you waiting for?