I’m by far not the first person to use or benefit from the quote from Wayne Gretzky, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take”. But I thought I’d share a photo from the other day, and a little motivational kick-in-the-butt, in case any one needs it (I know I do from time to time).

Last month I got my new Sony A7Riii, but I didn’t get much of a chance to use it. It was right before the holidays. I had a new course coming out, a few trips to go on, and time just got away from me. Now, I had been out on a couple of shoots with it, but nothing very inspiring. That was until Monday earlier this week.

I couldn’t sleep and woke up around 5:30am. I thought about going to shoot, but the bed was still pretty comfy. I looked at my weather app, and it showed a layer of clouds covering most of Florida. But there looked like some breaks here and there. Honestly, for me, that’s prime shooting weather. For a lot of my landscapes (especially coastal photos), I’m not looking for clear skies. I want clouds – and a lot of ’em! (but not too much so that the sun doesn’t even show through)

Anyway, I decided to get up and go shoot in Safety Harbor, FL at the pier. I pulled up, and sat there for a while and it was just gray and blah. It wasn’t sunrise yet, but it was well in to twilight time and nothing was happening. So I sat there toying around on my phone. Then I looked up and saw a hint of red in the sky. It wasn’t a lot, but enough to get me out of the car on a chilly Florida morning (of which I was not dressed for of course) and start shooting.

I set my camera up near some rocks and it was nice. But far from inspiring. So I stopped shooting and just enjoyed the scenery for a few minutes. And then, about 10 minutes later, this happened…
(click to see it larger).

(Sony A7RIII, Sony 16-35 GM lens, f/16, 1/3 sec, ISO 400… oh… and A LOT of luck!)

The sky was totally blazing with reds. Something I don’t see often. Now, anyone that knows me knows I’m not shy when it comes to post processing. I shamelessly love oversaturated colors and I have no problems pushing my photos to a far-from-real state. But, this morning… I got home, nudged about 3 sliders and I was done (well, I did do a little content-aware healing in Photoshop too).

Anyway, as I mentioned up above. That quote is used and over-used in so many cases. But for any of you in a rut or just in need of some inspiration to get out there and shoot, hopefully this gives you a little kick in the pants to do it 🙂

Have a good one!


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