The next time you see an image that you really like, think for a few moments about the photographer that shot it:
He (or she) didn’t roll over in bed that morning and decide to sleep another 30 minutes.
He (or she) didn’t decide to put off shooting on that particular day because there were 20 other pressing things that needed doing.
He (or she) decided to ignore that sore shoulder, or toe blister, or the cold, or the heat, and went ahead and went out shooting.
In other words, he (or she) didn’t make excuses or rationalizations. He (or she) went out to do the hard work of pursuing great images.
And every once in a great while, something magical happens, and a truly transcendent and beautiful image gets made.
So think about this just a bit the next time you see an image that you love. Think about the hard work and sacrifices that were made.
Photography can be rewarding work, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy.
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