One Photo Was Worth 356 Tries


I took 356 pictures on our trip to Tulsa.  Lots of them were throw aways, but I got some that weren’t too bad so I’ll share them on posts later.

Ah, but there was one picture.  One picture out of 356 that is my favorite, and made all the picture-taking worth it for me.  I hope you like it too.

Man In The Clouds seems like an appropriate title for it.




In case you wonder how “I did that.”  I didn’t.  It was an accident.  This is the original picture.


I was taking pictures of clouds, as I like to do.  And, one of the problems of taking pictures from inside a car is that sometimes I get a reflection off the window I’m taking the picture through of things inside the car.  So, when I got home and was editing the pictures, the first thing I thought about this one was, “Shoot, I got a reflection.”  Hubby’s reflection in the window had “spoiled” the cloud picture.  Then, it occurred to me that that reflection might be the best part of the picture!  So, I cropped it to just that and enhanced the color a little.  And got a picture I love.

I’ve come to believe that photography, for me, is a combination of opportunity, luck, fresh batteries and the law of averages — the more pictures I take the more chance I have of getting a good one!

19 Responses to One Photo Was Worth 356 Tries

  1. Maddy says:

    Quite lovely. Well done you!

  2. chrissy says:

    Love it, amazing picture! So thankful you shared this beautifully amazing picture!!

  3. Hilary says:

    Very cool.. just how did you do that?

  4. Beth says:

    It really looks like Abraham Lincoln to me!

  5. Amy O says:

    That is beautiful! You have found a gift in your photography.

  6. cathy says:

    wow! It took a while for me to be able to see the man, but I see him! Almost looks like he’s looking out a plane window with the reflection on billowy clouds – or something. Beautiful pic!

  7. Danielle says:

    Wow…that is breath taking….are you framing it ?

  8. chris H says:

    AWESOME… and of course I’m going to love it…it’s blue!

  9. Sandra says:

    Note to all of you who have already looked at this post. I have added “how I did it” to the end, with the original picture, so if you’re interested you can go back and read that new end to the post.

    Maddy — Thank you. Although, “well done” might indicate some level of “doing” on my part that wasn’t there. So, maybe you’ll want to edit your comment to “lucky you!” 🙂

    Chrissy — I knew I loved it, so it was fun to put it on here to see if others would like it too. So, I’m delighted you like it!

    Hilary — When I read your comment, I realized that it might be interesting to people to see the original picture. So, I’ve added it to the post. You take such gorgeous pictures, ALL THE TIME, I’m betting if YOU had taken 356 photos, the other 355 would have been great too! 🙂

    Beth — LOL! I had a sudden picture of “Abe” in a sweatshirt, driving a speeding car! A really funny picture to me. 🙂

    Amy — Thank you. I don’t know if I have a gift FOR it. But, I do know it has been a wonderful gift TO me — I have enjoyed it so much.

    Thank you, Cathy. He IS looking out the window — just at cows instead of clouds! 🙂

    Thanks, Danielle — I hadn’t thought about framing it, but I DID put it on my computer as the wallpaper. Replacing the cemetary picture that Hubby didn’t think was entirely “fun” to look at. 🙂

    Chris — I love blue too — maybe that’s the reason I never get tired of looking at clouds and sky. I guess another title for this could be “study in blue.” 🙂

  10. Pam says:

    That picture is AWESOME! The reflection made the picture!

  11. Sandra says:

    Oh, Pam, I’m so glad you like it too. When you like something, it’s nice to be validated, isn’t it? 🙂

  12. Sandra says:

    SBW — Thank you. You know you are one of my “photography heros” so praise from you is especially nice. 🙂

  13. Chourou says:

    This is an art itself, I would say, Sandy. Wonderful! Impressed! Thank you for sharing.

  14. Sandra says:

    Chourou — I’m glad you like it. I enjoy getting to share pictures that I like. I’m glad you enjoy looking at them!

  15. k says:

    That’s really cool!

  16. Sandra says:

    Thank you, K. I think it’s cool too. And did you see the next post? I did a variation of it in sepia tone — I like that one really well too. Thanks for stopping by.

  17. Mrs4444 says:

    Wow-That’s awesome. I did not have any idea that wasn’t a rock face (and was indeed a person!) I also love the sepia tone. Nice.

  18. Sandra says:

    Thanks, Mrs4444. Finding the little “gold nuggets” in a whole bunch of so-so pictures has certainly been the reward for me in this new picture-taking hobby!

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