As a boy I loved to fish, and I often roll through The Dalles Marina to see what is going on at the dock as I search for newspaper photographs. Yesterday I was pleased to see a couple of young boys trying their luck in spite of a cool April wind and high, murky water. I took a handful of photographs, smiled at a few of my own youthful memories of fish and fishing, then continued on to my next assignment.
Editing my work that night, I was delighted to find the above photograph. The bright green lure, crisp against the black post, was perfect, as was the boys’ expression and the general composition… I saw and captured the expression and planned the composition but the lure was pure luck.
Luck is one of the things that bumps a photograph from good to great, and I egotistically announced to my family that I would win next year’s feature photograph category in the Oregon Publishers Association annual contest. Of course, luck can work both for and against you: My hopes were rather dashed when the picture ran as a little 2-inch square at the bottom corner of the front page.
Oh well. The boys didn’t catch anything, either, but they sure had a lot of fun.