Getting a good shot isn't just about technique and equipment it's also about planning.
As a photographer based in Antwerp, Belgium i try to make some interesting shots of my hometown. One of the popular shots is the skyline of Antwerp. Since Antwerp is becoming a popular cruise destination we get visited by a number of big cruise ships during the summer season. Most of the ships make daytime stops which makes it nearly impossible to get a nice evening shot of the skyline and a cruise ships.
Planning was key in making these shots. I regularly check the cruise schedule and noticed that there are 2 overnight visits planned this year. So i marked these dates in my calendar and checked social media to search for more details. By doing so i knew that there was a firework show planned to celebrate a food festival on the MS Europe during their overnight stay in Antwerp.
Without this planning aspect i would just get a another boring skyline shot, with the right planning it was able to get these shots