Today's exercise was to write about a few mistakes or missed opportunities I have had in my photographic life. We have all made the mistake of not switching the ISO from the last photography adventure or not having the camera on auto focus when you wanted to quick catch a shot. I am notorious for not changing out of the self timer/remote mode. I can't say that these mistakes really bother me. I learn from them and try to do better next time.
Now missed opportunities are a whole different can of worms...
The first happened six years ago when Mallory and I were in Europe on an Educational Tour with some other kids from her school. We were at the American Cemetery in Normandy. We were told we would only have a short hour there before we had to move on to the Caen World War II Museum because they were expecting us for a tour. An hour doesn't even begin to do that place justice. First you just stand there in awe, trying to take in all those white crosses. Finally you gather your wits enough to start taking some pictures. I am happy with what I took, I just felt short changed for what more could have been.
The second missed opportunity was HUGE! I missed seeing my one and only child walk across the stage to receive her high school diploma. I was trying to capture the moment on a totally inadequate for the situation, point and shoot camera. I ended up with a completely blurry photo and no visual memory to cherish. This missed opportunity is hard to let go of. This is my only child. There was only one high school graduation and now I have nothing to remember it by. Lesson learned - sometimes being present in the moment is way more important than the picture.
In order to let this mistake go I may need to follow Kat's advice and write it on a piece of paper and physically burn it to symbolize the process of letting go.