Creativity comes from looking for the unexpected and stepping outside your own experience.
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.
Our patience was rewarded. Finally, the sun poked out between the clouds.
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.
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.
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?
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