The luck of the shot ... sometimes a photo just happens!

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Richard Weisser Realty

RiverPhotography is a visual art. It takes preparation and determination to get a good shot. I was always armed with my trusty Nikon 8088 and carried several lenses wherever I went.

One winter, I was at a friend's cabin in North Georgia which is on the Chattahoochee River. In this part of Georgia, it is more like a wide stream, clear and running and rocky!

I set up my camera on a tripod and decided to tale some long exposure of the river. I set the f-stop as closed as I could get it, F32 I believe and a 30 second shutter speed. After checking the meter and double-checking again, I hit the shutter button,

Amazingly, although it was a blustery cold day, when I pulled my eye away from the viewfinder, there was a kayak on the way down the river. He went right acriss the field of view.

What are the odds that the only boat that came past the property all day came just at the time my shutter was open? I waited anxiously for the film to be developed, and the resulting image is displayed here.

It's a cool abstract that once explained, is somewhat obvious. The cold green of the river and the orange kayak make a pleasing combination of colors. I really liked this shot, although it was pure luck that I got it!

Sometimes, it just happens!

Richard Weisser, Broker, Associate Broker, Auctioneer, E-Pro, CE Instructor
Era United Realty, Newnan Georgia, Coweta Fayette Real Estate, Inc.
Serving Coweta, Fayette, Heard, Meriwether, South Fulton, Pike and Spalding Counties
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Raylene Lewis
Century 21 Beal, Inc. - College Station, TX
Really unusual photo! I love it and wish I had time for photo taking! My original degree was in photo journalism. This pic should definitely hang on a wall! :)
Aug 02, 2008 04:02 PM #1
Bob & Carolin Benjamin
Benjamin Realty LLC - Gold Canyon, AZ
East Phoenix Arizona Homes
Unusual photo. Very nice.You are right, you never know when a great photo will happen,
Aug 02, 2008 04:33 PM #2
Jeremy Blanton
Myrtle Beach Homes Blog - Myrtle Beach, SC
Myrtle Beach REALTOR®-

Im usually not big on the abstract, but I find this one pretty cool!

Aug 02, 2008 05:07 PM #3
Mark Organek
And the United States of America - Mesa, AZ
On a journey to accomplish one huge goal.
For a while there, I thought this was going to be on some kind of unexplainable giant water creature. Neat photo.
Aug 02, 2008 05:25 PM #4
Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional


Thanks, I was please when I first saw it!


If you keep the shutter open long enough, something is bound to happen! Thanks.


Thank you, I appreciate that!


A kayaker in the middle of winter is unexplainable! lol and thanks



Aug 02, 2008 10:43 PM #5
Chip Jefferson
Gibbs Realty and Auction Company - Columbia, SC

Cool photo. I'm not very good at taking photos myself so I usually leave that up to someone else, usually hubby or one of my daughters.

Aug 02, 2008 11:42 PM #6
Anne Hensel
South Beaches Real Estate Professionals - Saint Petersburg, FL
Realtor - Broker - St. Pete Beach, Treasure Island

Awesome photo. You could probalby not take it if you wanted to.

I love to take photos, but I am just soooooo bad with it.

Aug 03, 2008 12:59 AM #7
Bo Hussung
Bell Title /Triserv LLC - Nashvle, TN

Richard, there are no coincidences in life and the resulting shot is a perfect explanation for why it happened the way it was supposed to be that way......Coll shot!


Aug 03, 2008 01:45 AM #8
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Sometimes we need a little luck in our lives. This photo couldn't have turned out better, if you planned it. A great conversation piece with a great story behind it.

Aug 03, 2008 02:01 AM #9
Kathy Anderson
HomeSmart - Surprise, AZ
Arizona Retirement Homes For Sale, Sun City Grand

Someday I'm going to buy myself a mega camera and get into photography.  My nephew and his wife always have theirs with them and I want to be able to get the shots they do.

Aug 03, 2008 02:05 AM #10
April Hayden-Munson
Brookfield, WI
Brookfield Wisconsin Real Estate

Beautiful photo - it would look really nice framed on the wall!  In "Richards Studio" -  maybe when you retire you should open a photo studio?

Aug 03, 2008 02:10 AM #11
Don Rogers
Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield - O'Fallon, MO
Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes


When I first saw the photo I wasn't sure what I was looking at, But It Captured My Attention, now that I have read the story behind it I agree you could not have planned it any better.  Thank you for sharing the pic and the story.

Don R.

Aug 03, 2008 02:15 AM #12
Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional


It just takes a little practice! Thanks.


That's why it's always great to be ready to shoot ... it can pay off big time! Thanks.


And now that instant is preserved in visual format forever! THX


Sometimes something will ruin a shot, sometimes it makes it memorable! Thank you for the comment.


I always recommend an SLR so you can use lenses and filters! They're the real deal! Thanks.


I may HAVE to sooner that I want to! lol


Sometimes an image conjures up all sorts of things! Thank you. as always!



Aug 03, 2008 05:05 AM #13
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Richard:  I really enjoy your photographs.  And you'reright ...what are the odds that the kayak came by at the exact moment that your shutter was open?  Clearly, a moment meant to be captured by you. 

Aug 03, 2008 12:11 PM #14
Pam Pugmire
Silvercreek Realty Group - Meridian, ID
Meridian Idaho Real Estate

Beautiful!  I love the abstract quality.  You are an artist! 

Aug 03, 2008 05:54 PM #15
Liz Moras Migic
Chilliwack, BC
Chilliwack, British Columbia - Realtor

love it love it love it.................swooshing greens with a touch of flame!

Aug 03, 2008 07:59 PM #16
Mike Saunders
Lanier Partners - Athens, GA

Richard - worked out very nicely, I would never have guessed that the blur was a kayak!

Aug 03, 2008 11:27 PM #17
Christy & Robyn Aiken
Blanchard and Calhoun Real Estate Company - Aiken, SC
Aiken Atlas Team

You are right! Amazing timing, and timing is everything! Thanks for explaining the pick because I would have never guessed it was a kayak in a river! Awesome pic thanks for sharing!

Aug 07, 2008 02:40 AM #18
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