Happy Accidents.
We've all had em'. You click the shutter with a vision of a technically sound and proper image being spit out, only to find later on your computer screen that it is something completely the opposite. Yet, it speaks in a way only photographic fate can.

This is an image at the end of sloppy wet morning hunting for bonefish at Abaco Lodge in the Bahamas. The rain was heinous. The wind was relentless. The sun was...gone. In short, it was perhaps the toughest weather you could conjure up for finding fish, yet somehow, we all managed to get into some solid bones. By the time we trailered the boat, we were utterly drenched, yet strangely stoked on a day of epic weather and legit fishing.

I shot this image right before putting the boat on the trailer. I tried incessantly to focus my camera, but despite even the most persistent manual focusing efforts, my camera would not turn out a sharp image. There was so much rain running down the front of my lens, I might as well have been shooting underwater.

Yet somehow, this image works. Perhaps there was no better way to convey the proper feeling with a sharp image. Fuzzy shapes make for an ethereal, surreal image. There is mystery here.

These are the teaching moments impossible to create. Instead they are hurled upon us when least expected. The only caveat is that we must be shooting to have these strange and uniquely inspired moments. Don't ever stop shooting, and you will never stop learning.

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