For example, I saw a really great sunset the other day. After the sunset I saw an old mill with Christmas lighting on it. I figured it would make a great photo if shot during the sunset, so next day I decided to visit the mill with my camera and tripod during sunset – but alas, no sunset. It was cloudy so no red or blue colors in the sky, at all. I didn’t go to the mill. The day after, almost all the snow had melted so there went the background. Unfortunately I was unable to actually go shoot the mill on the first day as I only saw it after the great sunset had occured. The point is – when you see a shot, take it, don’t wait.
Here’s another example. Remember the photo of the week: Snow tree, from last week? Here’s the same tree, a few days later:
Both this picture above, and the snowy tree, has a winter feel to it. I prefer the the snow version though as it’s far more “Christmassy” – but it really depends on what you want to show with your photo. Again, the point is, you can’t just dress up the tree with snow, so when it actually does have snow/frost on it, you gotta shoot it!