If I had to say there is one thing I love about photography more than anything else, it would have to be the joy of suddenly coming upon a great shot. Sometimes you’re just doing something, not even thinking about photography, and there it is, an amazing view that you were so completely not expecting and for a shutterbug the first thought that comes to mind is, where’s the camera?

So it was was with this shot of Luna Park under the bridge, next to the Sydney Opera House on Sydney Harbour. I stepped out onto the balcony of our stateroom on board the Diamond Princess and was greeted by this amazing sight.

The quality of the shot is marred only by the less than stellar quality of the light available to work with. It was overcast and intermittently raining, and so I had to make do, but overall I’m satisfied with the outcome. The colors really stand out from the surrounding drabness all the more. A silver lining to every gray cloud, as it were. This shot was, of course, the culmination of many attempts to capture the scene properly.

Anyway, I was lucky enough to be in a position that made this shot possible, and with photography that’s always a significant element. It’s all about angles. A good photographer always studies his subject from every possible angle before he/she takes the shot. It can make all the difference between a good shot and a great one. In this particular case there was little room for a change of angle, but on the other hand, the only way this particular shot could have been taken was from the exact place I was standing, something not available to anyone else at that moment in time, and that’s what makes the shot unique.

As a good photographer knows to check out every angle he can before he commits to dropping the shutter, so it is in life. We should always consider a matter from every point we can before we come to a conclusion about it. And it’s important to consider the possibility that we may be the only one in a position to see things a certain way. Difficult to keep in mind, especially when our judgment is clouded, but as with the cloudy sky in the picture, sometimes there’s a silver lining. The trick is to persist until we see it.

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