Bring On the Night
This is the story of the longest process I've gone through to get a single photo.
I tried, unsuccessfully, to shoot a six-hour timelapse of the stars around the chimney of the house I was staying in at the time. I encountered a few problems throughout the night, and spent some time planning every detail of my venture so I could get it right the next time.
It was a ton of work, and involved a ladder, extension cord, my laptop, some towels, lots of trips to change the camera batteries, and even more trips to change the warm towel on my lense. It was a pain in the butt. For six hours I was in and out of the house, but even worse than all those trips was waiting for photoshop to combine my photos when I was done. I took six hours. Six hours. I'm sure there was a better way to do it. I probably could have at least made the images smaller in lightroom, but I wasn't thinking. And, in return, I had to wait. 12 hours after starting my shoot I had the final image.
I'm not sure why, but God's given me a lot of lessons on patience in my life. I mean, I don't feel like I've really needed them that much, but I have had an astounding amount of trying experiences in which I have had to learn even more patience. This was only a minor example of that. One thing I learned from this shoot though, is that despite what they say, the best pictures do happen overnight. They just require loads of patience.