I know light is critical in photos, and I know taking pictures in the "Golden Hours" yields great results. But most of my pictures involved luck. Like being in the harvest field when a storm rolled in and turned the sky orange. Or being in Antarctica when the sun comes out and Gentoo penguins leap into the water. Luck is touring Ireland on a sunny day, or waking up to a lightning storm in Neuschwanstein, Germany.
You make your own luck, too. Like always having your camera with you and taking lots of pictures. Or signing up for a Guided Munich photo class with David Douglas and learning more in three and a half hours than I had all year. Or searching for owls and other birds and actually finding them!
My biggest problem is keeping my camera clean when I am in sand, wind, rain, and snow. At Camera Solutions in Portland, Oregon, George Kirakossian says at least I use my battered Nikon instead of storing it in a box. Thanks George and Dave, for making me a better photgrapher!