I am starting a new series here at Picture Methods called – “How I got the shot.” A few times each month, I’ll post a picture and discuss some basic things about how it came to be. I got the idea from questions I’ve received over the last few months about various images. Hopefully everyone will find something they can take away from these posts.

Allow yourself to fail. Most of the big successes in my own life came only after multiple failures. It took me more than 12 years to get my well-known photograph “Cranes in the Fire Mist.” I failed every time I tried until I didn’t fail. I failed as a human being in general until I matured. I failed the first time I took the SCCA racing license test. But then I eventually passed it. Failure is normal.

“The best thing about a picture is that it never changes, even when the people in it do.” – Andy Warhol

Olympus’ Pro Capture mode allows you to take pictures before you – take pictures. Pro Capture takes advantage of the camera’s electronic shutter. Once you half-press the shutter, the camera starts filling a buffer. When you finally press the shutter, a pre-determined number of images that occur BEFORE and AFTER the actual shutter press are recorded.