Learning thru my Lens
Patience – not one of my virtues. Way back in 1981 I rewarded myself by buying a picture of a bird sitting on a nest – the title was Patience. I bought it because I was in my late 30’s, just finished graduate school, wanting to be established in my career, and feeling very impatient. I’m still working on patience.
I haven’t demonstrated much patience with photography, either. My experience with the little yellow leaf floating in space led to some self-reflection; made me think about slowing down and being more deliberate.
This morning I went to the beach with my camera and tripod. I usually don’t use a tripod because it takes too much time – it is too deliberate – it slows me down. When I have used it for photographing flowers I have been very pleased with the results so I know it helps, but…
After experimenting with the tripod and slow shutter speeds and a few other shots, I disconnected my camera and started chasing after photo ops. Then I stopped and decided to let beach life come to me – and it did. I realized that the beach is constantly moving and if I force myself to just stand there, to slow down, to look around, it will happen in front of me. If I’m not running and moving, I can think about what I want to capture. I can think about my time on the beach. Enjoy – and click on any image to see them as a slide show.
As I was leaving I noticed this, discarded by the trash bin…