In the wonderful words of Wayne Gretzky.
He said this famous quote above and it has become a commonplace theme as of late for my photography.
What you walk away from, what is left on the cutting room floor is what can become all you remember from the trip.
Sometimes that can overrun one’s mind as to the shots we skip out on. For whatever reason be it the weather or factors out of our control.
So it was early May and I was searching for a “secret” roadside waterfall called Sunderland Falls in Vandalia, Ohio.
An over forty foot drop off from a cliff happens less than 10 feet beside the road in a residential neighborhood as it outflows south toward the Great Miami River along a nearby metropark.
My concern after hearing and seeing the water flowing was that this was somehow private property. Many two-story houses were around with their decks pointed in the same direction as the ‘falls.
I am not one to enjoy being in trouble, in fact it terrifies me, so I drove away the first time out of fear. A cop even drove by me as I made my exit onto the main road, which further scared me.
It sounds so lame now in hindsight, but maybe it was the “NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH AREA — ENFORCED BY POLICE” sign I saw on a post just before entering the wooded trail that deterred me.
With all that being said, I returned less than a week later. The gear was resting in the passenger seat and unfortunately the light was cooperating. Now my head was in the right place to try the prospective image, yet Mother Nature was not working with me.
Third time’s charm as I waited about another week and returned on a moody sky evening. The previous day’s rainfall made the water sound even more powerful as I left the car and boots hit the ground.
This was it, nothing stopped me. Not my inhibitions, not the weather, nothing.
A half an hour later, I remerged to society to see a hazy sunset break through the colors.
So with that being said, the quote above rings true.
You will never know what happens unless you stop and press that shutter.
Disclaimer: I later found out that this property is owned and maintained by the county metroparks. Do your own research about your local jurisdiction and follow/obey property and trespassing laws in your area before setting out. I am not liable for your tom-foolery!
Have you ever walked away from a potential photograph? Did you ever return to finally take the image? Let me know your story in the comments below or via email. I look forward to reading them!