(Photo credit: Hank Gans, Gabriel Lake Dawn)

What tends to separate photographers from the rest of the shutter happy world is the planning and dedication involved in making an image. Sometimes it’s just a matter of being in the right place at the right time but 90% of the time, “getting the shot” is no accident. Occasionally this means more than inclement weather and unfriendly hours.

Gans reflects on rolling with the unexpected:

I had company only once in the many times I have photographed the lake before the sun rises. Concentrating on photographing the lakeʼs morning mystery, I saw, in my peripheral vision, a Bouvier des Flandres, a big, curly-haired black dog, crossing the road next to me. Still looking straight ahead at the lake through my camera, I thought “Who up here would have a Bouvier?” I finally gave in to the distraction and looked to see that the Bouvier was actually a black bear who thought that the morning was his, not mine. He stayed his course, disappearing into the woods, and I kept shooting.

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