The perfect shot
Jan 23, 2015-
Tactical breathing. Helps you focus, maintains your composure and accentuates your capabilities. So there I was, kneeling, waiting patiently. Twitching the focus from time to time, adjusting my position to let the right light pass through. I was ready and now it was his turn. Peeping from behind the wall, he was a shy one. My hands were trembling a little. I managed to squeeze the trigger and let the magic happen. The shot was perfect, no matter how frequently he peeped back and forth like a little spy. I got him. My first shot, my first move--in my quest to find the perfect shot.
Well, that was how it all started. Like an addiction to drugs, I had an addiction to get that perfect shot. And even though I had no professional training, I managed to work out my camera. Found out which settings work best in which environment. It was more like shooting an arrow in the dark. I tried out as many settings as I could with the camera and made mental notes about which were the best at particular situations. That was how I ‘taught’ myself how to work with that beast of a camera.
Sometimes, when I looked through the viewfinder, I would get this overwhelming surge of excitement and happiness. As through the viewfinder, the picture to be taken would look perfect. But, just as I would have managed to get a shot through and look at what I had taken, my surge of happiness would plummet, back where it came from. It would not be as close to what I had imagined. But I did not lose hope. Because even though I was far away from completing my dreams of becoming a successful photographer, I always had one thing in mind: to try to get that perfect shot, all you needed was a bit of luck and a lot of patience. And sometimes when your luck meets your patience, magic happens.
Bright, golden, glittering flames. They have always been a particular fascination of mine. How I love those bright flames lighting the dark. The bright golden contrast with the dark environment around it gives it a type of glow. That glow provides different shades of gold throughout the surrounding. So, as a whole, it becomes a type of painting, using only black where it is dark and the various shades of gold where the light reaches. That was what I had always tried to capture. The golden glow of the flame, flickering with the wind. A symbol of purity and a symbol of pride.
Sometimes I would sit down for hours with a burning lamp trying to get that perfect shot. I would adjust the aperture settings of the camera, the ISO and the exposure. Honestly, I never knew what I was doing. I never knew what those numbers of the ISO actually meant. But I knew what the numbers corresponded to, what type of environment each number would work best in. So, my shooting of arrows in the dark had gotten better. Sometimes nothing good would come out. Nothing that would have pleased me. My arrows would miss. But sometimes, my arrows would hit somewhere near the target. Not even close to the perfect shot but, to me, it would be a great shot. As that shot would serve as a benchmark for other better shots to come.
Shrestha is recent A-Level graduate of Budhanilkantha School
Published: 24-01-2015 09:43