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A tale of missed photos

Have you ever experienced this?

You’re out on a trip- say in a car and with a group of people, you’ve a camera capable of taking and storing thousands of snaps- you go on clicking whatever that seems remotely good/interesting/useful. Suddenly you notice something interesting by the roadside, but by the time you realize it and get your camera ready, the vehicle has cruised several hundred meters ahead-You’re in a dilemma- stop the vehicle, go back and take that photo or ignore it and move ahead (as you’re getting late/there may be similar scenes ahead/you don’t want to bother rest of the occupants). At the end of the trip, you may have taken 100s of good photos, but those few missed photos often keep haunting you…

Not that the trip became a flop because you didn’t click that frame- not that those pictures were life changing-not that they can’t be captured ever again, but then a disappointment is a disappointment. On each of my trips I’ll invariably having few such instances wherein I’ll be left with a feeling-‘Oops! Should have cared to stop and click that thing’- Some instances where I missed to take a photograph…
  • A photo of people crossing Souparnika river near Maravante in a boat (totally forgot)
  • A photo of a beautiful sunflower field near Hassan (thought I may get a similar or better field ahead, but there was none)
  • Photo of pathetic state of roads in Nagarahole reserve forest, while returning from Wayanad (was busy off-roading with the Scorpio)
  • A photo of flare coming out of Mathura Refinery, UP (By the time I asked cab driver to stop we were a km ahead and the view was covered by trees)
  • A photo of a multi coloured bird in Venkatagiri (I should have clicked in whatever mode I was on-stupid me tried to optimize the camera setting and the bird was gone in seconds…)
  • A photo of a white dog standing knee deep in canal waters, near Hoskote
  • A photo of NICE road, Bangalore (Camera will be the last thing on your mind while cruising at 160 kmph)
  • Photos of donkeys carrying sand and stones on a hilly route in Binsar
  • A flock of ducks crossing the road during our Nagari trip. (My Camera was in a car half kms away- managed to click one with mobile cam-image below, but not happy with the photo)
  • Photos of Bidar Fort (I didn’t have a camera then)
    Reasons are many-In all the cases, the object of interest comes unexpectedly when we are not on standby to shoot them. Sometimes I’ll be driving and camera will be with someone else- too much time will be lost by the time I mobilize the resource and equipment, sometimes the usefulness or significance of the subject that we didn’t click strikes only after we reach home, sometimes there’ll be time constraints and you don’t want to put the whole team into inconvenience by stopping for a photo that no one else in the vehicle seemed to be interested it, at times we’ll just not have a control on the situation (like you can’t stop the train or bus you’re travelling in)

    Do you have similar experiences? How do you feel or how do you manage them?

    Not that we forgo every opportunity to take a photograph- we often succeed in making the most of it, but there’ll be few instances of compromises which we can improve upon, with better preparedness


  1. hmmmmmmmmmmm....i have always had this dilemma while going out with my my family and generally the places we visit is either some lake (in the villages) where we can't afford to keep the camera in the bank for obvious concerns of theft or temple like tirupathi where these things aren't allowed. So sadly... i have missed in a lot of occasions. :(:(

  2. Thanks for sharing your experience Radhika...

  3. Yeah..!! This happens to me pretty frequently. However, the notes/post that I write about such a good scene in my blog/dairy helps me to remember them forever.

    Your blog rocks dude. Have a nice time.

  4. aree yaa...! I have faced this many times.. so many times..but I just ignore it telling to myself that.." oh! It was not that great to take a snap anyways".. Else I will keep on thinking about it and spoil the rest of the time and mood.

  5. Durga- good idea to write notes/posts... but a picture is worth a thousand words right...?

    Hmm, if you didn't click it then it wasn't worth being photographed.. nice principle...

  6. Too many times to count. In Spiti a field full of monks were playing volleyball and I can't even remember why I did not click the picture, offending sentiments or something like that. By the time I wanted to take it the game was over!

  7. oh.. I can't even recall how many times this has happened with me. That is one of the reasons I went for a K750i phone. Also bought a Canon SD630 for such immediate point and click photos!

  8. @ Mridula & Mohan

    Now I feel almost each one of us have experienced this-

    Mohan, yes, a small Point & shoot and a mobile camera helps. My DSC H50 and big SLRs take a few minutes of time to get ready...(take it out from pouch, attach lens, switch on, focus...

  9. oh i hear you! it happens with me when i fiddle with my camera and the moment is gone :(


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