These "captured moments" are some of my best photographs as a amateur photographer. Each of them spoke to me, created a memory, and taught a lesson. In sharing them, I hope you benefit from the lessons learned.
I took this photo after a miss with my bow. The deer was well within my range, and my technique was just fine. So, what exactly happened? Commitment. Truthfully, a lack of commitment. This buck was a little one that I normally let walk, but he was "gimpy" and would not survive much longer. One side of my brain said to let the arrow fly thereby saving him what the coyotes will do BUT the other side was arguing that the effort (dragging and cleaning) was not worth the reward. Which argument won? You could say both did - an arrow flew and I did not have to invest time and effort afterwards - but the clear winner was lack of commitment. What a lesson as I paused to reflect and captured the moment of that amazing sunset. If you are not fully committed to a course of action, don't try to fake it. The resulting lack of success will tell everyone that your commitment was missing. Simply put, be all in or don't go in an all.
Have you ever noticed an increase in mental negativity when you get tired? It happens all the time with me. This picture challenged because I discovered this flower at the end of a long day. You see, I spent a couple days working for a men's ministry to prepare for our fall retreats. We got started early, faced poison ivy and mosquitoes, had a sandwich for lunch, and had not yet eaten although after sunset. Mentally and physically, I was tired and grumpy leading to silent complaining as I was hoping to leave and get something to eat. As an introvert, I separated from the group and took a walk to be alone with my thoughts when I saw this flower. It's color stood out brilliantly as the light faded. That forced a question - why was I not just as brilliant, although tired, as the light faded? It was my choice and I had chosen poorly. Learn from my mistake!