Another example is the small puddle of water. I saw a video where a photographer showed how he captured a great shot using a puddle to reflect the main subject. Inspired, I was always on the lookout for a good “puddle/subject” shot. For months I looked around. Here is a puddle, but all I see in the reflections are power lines or street curbs. I tried to make a puddle with a bucket of water, but all I got was a wet sidewalk. Then one day I was in a park to take photos and came across an arched bridge, with a puddle in the middle of the street. Sprawled out on the street, I got my “puddle” shot. Fortunately for me, I had a bit more luck. The street was part of the parking lot for the park, so traffic was very light and slow.
Luck does play a part in getting a unique shot. Having the skills to take advantage of it is not a matter of luck. Practice, practice, practice is the order of the day. You never know when that sunrise/rainbow/groom on the dress moment will happen and you don’t want to miss it.