The building on the right is ‘Taurus’, a restaurant that we ate at during out last night in Mostar. The image, however, was taken during the following morning when the streets were empty and, unfortunately, all of the lights were off.

Timing is everything with photography, and it still amazes me how much a scene can change in an instant. This scene could be very different depending on the time of day you visit, the weather conditions and indeed the mood the photographer is in.

If you ever find yourself in a location and debating whether or not to take a shot…take it. If you are ever swaying against taking an image due to the hassle involved in changing a lens to get the focus you want…just do it. If you ever think to yourself ‘that’s a nice scene, I’m going to shoot it on the way back’…shoot it now instead.

I’ve been on walks where I’ve seen a lovely scene on my way up a trail and thought I would grab it on the way back because I didn’t have the ‘correct’ glass on at the time, but the weather or my mood has changed on the way back and I just haven’t bothered to shoot it. That’s a missed opportunity.

I guess the reason I’m saying this is that there were better times to have grabbed this scene, and I knew that the morning I was going to go there the lights would probably be out. It’s my own fault for not getting the image I had wanted in the end.

  • Camera: “Canon EOS 5D Mark II”