Earlier today a friend commented that she will never forget one of my photographs. Initially, I took this merely as a rather nice compliment. Then, thinking about it afterwards, as one does after a couple of glasses of Pinot Noir, it occurred to me that the moment when I took the photograph in question was a moment that I will never forget. After yet another glass of vino, I began to wonder if there was a general rule of photography at work here. Are memorable photographs the photographs that are taken in memorable moments or of memorable events or when experiencing memorable emotions? Are the photos that will be remembered those taken when a bird turns and looks right at us, or a baby utters its first cry or the sun dips below a glorious horizon? The more I think about, the more I think that there may be something in this. Certainly, for me, I cannot think of any memorable photograph that was taken after minutes of camera set-up, or after arranging studio lights or, indeed, any image that was produced after substantial manipulation in Photoshop. A so-called "creative" image, perhaps produced as a composite from several originals, might have quite a dramatic initial impact - but I can't think of any where the impact lasted more than a few minutes or, in exceptional cases, hours. Thanks goodness that judges and assessors don't have long to assess our work!!