“If the plan doesn’t work, change the plan but never the goal.” – Ritu Ghatourey
I frequently make plans for photo trips.
I frequently have to change my plans for photo trips: money, weather, health. Things just get in the way.
Sometimes, I go where I plan but I don’t get to shoot what I plan.
A while back I went hiking hoping to get some good nature shots. I was thinking of water shots: rapidly flowing streams and rivers, maybe some miniature waterfalls. It had been raining heavily for a couple of days so I thought this would be easy.
Many of the plants had yet to recover from the deluge. A lot of trails were closed due to their condition after the rain.
So not much to shoot.
I started thinking I would be heading home with nothing to show for my outing but a couple of miles on my fitness band and being covered with sweat, sun block and bug spray (last two always necessary when hiking in a marsh in the springtime). Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate the Park Service closing these trails to prevent the large divets and holes that, once dry, require, for your own safety, that you spend more time looking at the ground than around.
I get buzzed by an orange butterfly.
Change of plans.
I shot pictures of interesting bugs, beetles, and flying things that I cant identify. And a frog.
So goal: interesting nature pics. Achieved.
Plan: rivers, streams, flowers, foliage. Failed.
Still a successful trip in my book.
Even though I never did get a decent picture of that damn butterfly.