That ‘moment’ may be ten minutes long, where the shadow of a shutter is falling in just the right position on a Madonna and Child in Venice, or five minutes when the evening sun has burst through a gap in the clouds at Fuengirola in southern Spain
Or it might be a mere fraction of a second, where the flapping flags are perfectly arranged around the statue of a Greek independence hero on Syros in the Cyclades. All the photographer can do is prepare – wait for the moment – and then take as many pictures as needed to get the desired result.
I had to snuff out the candle and relight it several times to find a smoke pattern I liked in this one. I could quote Shakespeare to you – “Out, out, brief candle” – but as someone with an interest in science I find it fascinating that the rising plume of hot smoke interacts with the cooler air above to produce a mushroom effect. Same principle as the mushroom cloud that’s created by a nuclear explosion – but on a vastly smaller scale.