Seizing the Photographic Moment!

By Geoff Harris

It’s very easy to put off going out to take photos.  So often there’s something else that needs doing or seems more urgent – admin to catch up on, emails to reply to, the million and one little things that fill up our days.prunus accolade

The week before last was one of those weeks for me with a long to-do list, and a deadline to do them as I was going to be away from home the following week.

But I also knew that lots of cherry blossom was starting to appear, and wouldn’t last long…. I had a look at the five day weather forecast and saw that Wednesday had pretty good conditions forecast for flower photography – in particular, a wind strength of only 2 mph.

With something as delicate as cherry blossom, a wind of more than about 8 mph can be extremely frustrating!

So the decision had to be made – to catch up on the to-do list, or to take a morning out and go to the RHS garden at Wisley to photograph blossom.

Actually, it wasn’t much of a battle to decide on the blossom.  And it did indeed turn out to be a lovely still morning.

The sun was a little stronger than I would have liked, so I used a reflector to push some light back into the shadowed side of the flowers.

I was very happy that I’d decided to go after all, and somehow the admin all got done as well.

And now I’m even more glad that I did make the trip – I’ve come back from my week away to wind, rain, and the certainty that the blossom I photographed is now just a pile of damp petals on the ground!

Geoff Harris

I am a journalist and photographer and currently work as the Deputy Editor of Amateur Photographer (AP) the oldest weekly photographic magazine in the world. Before that I served as the editor of Digital Camera, Britain's best-selling photography magazine, for five years. During my time as editor it became the UK's top selling photo monthly and won Print Publication of the Year at the 2013 British Media Awards. As well as being lucky enough to get paid to write about photography, I've been fortunate to interview some of the greatest photographers in the world, including Elliott Erwitt, Don McCullin, Martin Parr, Terry O'Neill and Steve McCurry. This has been a wonderful learning experience and very influential on my photography. Beyond writing, I am a professional portrait, travel and documentary photographer, and reached the finals of the 2016 Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year competition. I am a Licentiate of the Royal Photographic Society and hope to take my Associateship whenever I can find the time. In addition I write about well being/personal development and antiques collecting for a range of other titles, including BlueWings, the in-flight magazine of Finn Air.

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