Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected

Creativity comes from looking for the unexpected and stepping outside your own experience.
Masaru Ibuka

On our drive home from Boston, we stopped in Niagara Falls.  I wasn’t expecting much.  The sky was overcast and gloomy.   A frigid wind was blowing off the water.  But we lingered, drinking hot tea with dozens of tourists and peering at the clouds, hoping for a break of sunshine.

Tourists at Niagara

Tourists at Niagara

Our patience was rewarded.  Finally, the sun poked out between the clouds.

Niagara Upstream

Niagara Upstream

Then, I remembered the wise advise of an expert photographer who said sometimes the best shot is behind you.  I turned around.  Here’s the view downstream, post-processed in Photomatix Pro.

Niagara Falls, downstream view

Niagara Falls, downstream view

And finally, I took this shot on my iPhone right before we got back in the car.  It just might be the best shot of the day.

Niagara Falls, November, 2013, iPhone 4

Niagara Falls, November, 2013, iPhone 4

Once again, I’m reminded of the wisdom of keeping ourselves open to the unexpected.  In turn, we are rewarded with moments of  great  beauty and joy.

So, now it’s your turn to weigh in.  Which shot do you prefer and why?

For other interpretations of this week’s theme, check out the posts below:

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  1. Hi Nick! Thanks so much. As we walked away from the falls, I said to my husband that I’d be annoyed if the iPhone shot was the best of the day–after taking a hundred or so on my Canon 40D!! I appreciate your feedback.


  2. It took me a while to get here, but I have to say that I love all of these photos. I’m constantly impressed with the calibre of photo that the iPhone 5 generates. Of course, you can’t beat one using a DSLR. What equipment do you use mostly?


    • Wow, Kim. Thanks! I use both a Canon 40D and my iPhone 4. I’ll upgrade to the iPhone 5 next year, so I’m curious about the difference (if any) between the phones. I just got a new 50 mm 1.4 lens, which I’ll try out soon. I appreciate your feedback!


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