If you've checked out my website, you have seen some of the photos, articles and videos that I have been able to capture and create. But what you don't see, is what it looks like when I fail. When I just straight up miss the action, make something sound absolutely horrible to a reader or just produce work that is utter crap (or maybe you have :D). But I've seen what it looks like when I fail and I've tried to learn from it.
A few months ago, I spent a morning shooting with water ski jumper, Zack Worden. It was a pretty chilly morning and our window of opportunity to really capture something awesome was tight. Zack could also only take a few passes for me before his feet started to cramp up in his jump bindings.
The shot that I wanted to get was pretty extreme and something that I hadn't setup for in my life. But I knew what it might look like if Zack put it together on his end and I was able to bring it all together.
For me, envisioning a photograph is the easy part. It's going out and making it turn out exactly how you want it, that's the hard part. Everything has to be right and if it's not, often times it doesn't work out.
The first few cuts Zack took at me were pretty crazy. I was a sitting duck trying to freeze a dude who was screaming past me at 70mph, on a pair of water skis. If you guessed that I missed him, you would be correct. Having literally a split second to capture the action was pretty dang tough. I was trying to predict his exact whereabouts when I couldn't even see him.
But I learned from my failure, and ended up eventually getting the shot that I wanted.
Sometimes in life, it's easy to just hang it up and move on. We live in a world full of single shell shooters; people who would rather give it all they've got, fail and never try again because they didn't succeed on the first attempt.
It's a fact of life that sometimes you have to regroup and get your ducks back in order. But sometimes all it takes is a gut check to accomplish what you had already envisioned, when you set out on the journey in the first place.