I avoid using the word “luck” in photography. I rationalize that if I have my camera with me and intentionally take a picture, it wasn’t luck. I prefer using the word “happenstance,” meaning unexpected elements allow me to capture exceptional images…sometimes.
The assignment was to photograph an airplane that was being moved from the main airport to an aviation school across one of the busiest streets in the county. The main thoroughfare was closed for several blocks at 2 a.m. and traffic was detoured for the major undertaking.
Although I had brought a powerful attachable flash unit, I knew it wasn’t strong enough to illuminate an airplane at night from at least 150-feet away. Fortunately, the delicate operation was flooded with lighting from every direction.
I made several test shots and found that I could use my camera on P (Program) at ISO 400. I was somewhat amazed that the settings allowed me to capture a once-in-a-lifetime image. Nevertheless, it wasn’t luck.