I’d like to be able to tell you that I had planned this particular shot for months. That’s the way it is with most of my images. But the truth is that for this particular image I got lucky. Better to be lucky than good?

I had been scampering about the Pyramids one afternoon in 2015, setting up my camera for different perspectives of these historic structures, when I noticed a dust storm coming. I figured I needed to hurry, get my shot, and get into my vehicle before I became consumed in dust.

Be Ready for the Unexpected

And just as I was setting up for my last shot, I saw this colt running down the road. I knew it could be a once in a lifetime image, but my camera settings were all wrong; I was set up for a long exposure with narrow aperture for good depth of field at low ISO.

What I needed to do was to quickly shift to fast shutter speed to freeze the horse’s motion, which meant I had to quickly raise ISO. But I only had maybe two seconds to get this right before the horse would be in front of me. Could I pull it off?

The result is what you see. In order to get this shot I had to know my camera extremely well, and shift controls “on the fly” in less than two seconds.

Yes, it’s good to be lucky.

But pulling off this shot required me to be both lucky and good. As I say in my Artist’s Statement, if my objective is to capture “the decisive moment” in landscape photography, this one certainly succeeds.

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