Yesterday, my sister and I were playing XBox and I happened to glance out the window. I noticed that it was hailing, and we paused the game and went outside. We walked around in the hail for a few minutes before something interesting happened. In a split second, the hail went form the size of peas to the size of marbles. We were stunned and each attempted to deflect the falling ice away from our faces. After a moment, we realized what was happening and that it was more cool than painful, even though it did hurt a little. In just a few minutes, the hail was piled high and in places looked like snow.
As the hail died down and I started to go inside, my sister yelled for me to get my camera. At that moment, something went off in my head. I registered that this was a once a year opportunity that I could not let pass by. I was going to get pictures, good pictures, of this winter wonderland no matter what. I ran inside and called for my mom to get my camera, as I was soaking wet and didn’t want to get the floor dirty. When she arrived with it, I transformed into photographer mode and started snapping away.
In ten minutes, I took 385 pictures. That is a picture every 1.56 seconds!!!!! Most of them were, from an artistic point of view, a complete waste of memory card space. A few, however, turned out to be pretty good. The one I have chosen to be featured on this post was taken from about six inches above my driveway and looking down so as to capture to sun’s reflection off of the wet ground. I think it turned out nice.
The whole point of this anecdote is really very simple: when presented by a rare opportunity, seize the moment and make it worthwhile. That is what I did yesterday. When the hail was done and it was safe outside for technology (the rain had paused also), I acted fast and captured a rare event on camera. The bottom line: when an opportunity arises, seize it.