This won’t be the best photo you’ll ever see.
Far from it.
Many (if not all) of the photos that I post on here won’t be the best photo you’ll ever see, but that doesn’t really matter to me. I’ve been trying to take a shot of some lightning for ages. Yesterday evening, it finally happened and I’m still smiling.
Look, this isn’t my life’s mission; it’s not like I go around hunting storms in order to take photos, and I’m not going to immediately retire from my non-existent photography career just because I took it [audience groans].
But after 236 attempts last night alone, I finally got lucky and got this:
Treat yourself to it bigger on black for the full effect.
Having given up round the back of the house (because this), I was actually just about ready to give up around the front as well as the storm moved off to the south. But I persisted, lying under a convenient shrub to avoid the worst of the rain. And when I realised that one of the closer bolts of lightning had (for once) coincided with one of my exposures and actually in the right direction, I was over the moon.
There are better photos of lightning. Maybe even better photos of lightning taken last night. But I didn’t take them.
I took this one though, and I’m still smiling.
“Never give up!”
So goes the oft-quoted, dangerously positive and hugely misplaced piece of advice. It’s nonsense, of course. Giving up is always an option – often a very sensible one. And yet we’re taught from an early age – and bombarded by examples like Wiley Coyote and Tom the cat – that it’s tantamount to failure.
No. There are many times when giving up is a perfectly acceptable choice to make.
I wish Lily would understand that. They’ve been back in touch again (using yet another different email address to avoid my filters), this time offering me essentially free* shares in their company if I buy a Lily drone, under the tempting subject heading:
got Lily Drone yet?
No. No, I haven’t. And the “yet” is wholly redundant.
Looks cute, sure but it’s rather expensive and it’s not actually very good in comparison to the drone I do have.
You have been one of the original supporters of Lily. As part of your support, we believe you should own a piece of the company that is bringing the vision of Lily into the future. We have successfully launched the Lily Next-Gen™, and we’re planning many more exciting products. That’s why we are providing you with this unique offer.
I have been, yes. But then, over a year ago I realised my error and moved on. Just like you should now.
There’s no shame in giving up on this lost cause, Lily. I promise.
* terms and conditions apply, obvs