Waiting and anticipating

I got the itchy trigger finger always wanting to capture the speed of movement, the “decisive moment”. Which is why my camera is usually set to shutter-priority mode, the better not to miss those split second shots. However, there are situations where you have to wait, to anticipate for elements to converge and come together for that picture you envisioned. Take the case of this photo – a playful boy who could not stay still, and a fountain that shoots out intermittently from the floor every second or so. Both elements were erratic, unstable, in motion. I wanted a convergence, a confluence, a meeting of the elements, so I had to wait, anticipate, prepare. And there it was, contact! Click! The touching of hand and water, of solid and liquid, the distinct and amorphous, of mortal and perpetual. The image was taken with a single shot. Photography writer Nizar Bredan in his article First Wait, then Shoot believes that waiting and anticipating are essential habits for hobbyists and photographers. I agree. This fast-paced life conditioned us to be frenetic and always on the go. Yet there are times we have to pause and linger. Patience has its reward. I remember the saying – “All good things come to those who wait.” (Photo location: Sentosa, Singapore)

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2 responses

  1. petit4chocolatier

    Beautiful and brilliant picture!

    November 15, 2012 at 1:27 am

    • Junsjazz

      Thanks always!

      November 15, 2012 at 1:30 am

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