Like a lot of you, I have been racing through this thing called life. It seems like I've been running here or there for appointments, schedules or whatever along with all my normal daily routines. There's so much to do and so little time. This has become such a routine, I didn't even notice when it started to affect me personally. I go camping to get away and I just can't sit. I have to find something to do. But the biggest part is that it was affecting my photography and I didn't even know it.
I've been missing the fine details. I get to a location and without stopping to think and look, I walk briskly through an area and think to myself, "This place looks like crap. It's not kept up and it's just blah." All I'm doing is walking with blinders on and seeing whats in front of me.
That looks pretty darn boring and blah to me. This past week I was sick. I was in bed, didn't want to do anything and just felt plain yucky. When I started feeling better, I wanted out. I needed to get out of the house. My plan, grab the camera, head to a park and see what I see. Sounds like my old self, blinders and all. But this time was different. When I got to the park, it was already hot out, I was feeling tired and was lugging my camera gear. This made me walk a little, well, a lot slower than normal. In doing so, I started looking around and noticing little things. Things I hadn't seen in a long time. With this specific park, I had been here a thousand times before, but with slowing down and taking my blinders off, it was like I had never been there before.
So now that I can finally see since I slowed down and opened my eyes, I no longer saw the boring and blah surroundings. In a place that I would capture a photo here or there and then maybe use it later, I am now capturing images that are beautiful and amazing. The fine details in everything. While there, a lady even asked me if I got any good pictures. My response absolutely, there is stuff all over this place. Her reply was, you must have a good eye.
My lesson to myself is to stop, slow down, look around see the details all around me no matter where I am. The photo above is blah and boring, but inside that photo is all the details in the images shown below.
All the above images can be viewed in our Fine Art Photography 'Recent Photos' gallery. Not all photos will appeal to everyone, but I hope some of these have appealed to you. Again, stop, slow down and look around you. You have no clue what you might be missing.
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