The Right Moment

WYSIWYG (What you see is what you get), isn’t always what is. At least when it comes to photography.On assignment for an industrial trade publication, my task was to show how a trash-burning facility blends in with the surrounding natural setting as if it were a true wildlife sanctuary.
For nearly two hours I waited in my Jeep Cherokee, parked atop the landfill where geese often rested by the hundreds. I rolled down my window, set my DSLR to high shutter speed and rapid-fire, then rested the camera body on a bean bag for stability. When over 100 geese had gathered, I made sure the facility was nicely framed in the wide-angle lens before sounding the Jeep’s horn. Instantly the startled geese flew up and away. Click. Click. Click. Click. It was all over in seconds, but one of the more than 20 images was perfect. It showed exactly what had been in the viewfinder at that very moment. WYSIWYG.