Using Opportunities & Slowing Down

This weekend I took the opportunity to venture outside of my house to take some photographs. Originally I had wanted to photograph the sunset, but it turned out that there were just too many clouds in the sky and it became obvious that the sun was not going to peek its rays out.

But that was not going to stop me from taking pictures. I had schlepped my gear on a ten minute bike ride from my house, and I really didn’t feel like going back without a picture to my name (or on my CF card). I looked around and this is what I came across.


I had been to this same place countless times. I had sat here, meditating in the cacophony of water flowing through the rocks, but I had never thought of the terrific photo opportunity that this place created until I started framing out some pictures.

I walked around the place for a good half-hour, taking pictures but also enjoying the calm surrounding this stream. When I finished, I hopped on my bike and rode back. I don’t know whether the ride is all uphill, but it sure seems like it.

Anyway, it all worked out and I think I got some really great shots.

Water Over Rocks

This exercise forced me to slow my photography way down. Normally I take a huge amount of pictures and I weed out the weak ones later. The problem with that is that many of the pictures are poorly framed and have random objects and sometimes no clear subject in them. By taking photographs with a slow shutter speed and by using a tripod it helped to slow me down enough to really concentrate on the composition of each photograph. You’ll understand this change in thinking when you stand around with nothing to do while your camera is taking a 30 second exposure.

My experience with this leads me to believe that every beginning photographer should delve in this type of photography, even if it’s just for an hour, to see the benefits of slowing down. Many times you are told as a photographer to “slow it down” but often that advise is not heeded until you are forced to do that exact thing.

I have a few more photos in my portfolio if you care to look at them. Just click the link above.

For any photographers reading this – What advise do you have for beginners?

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