There is one downside to photographing people and events more often...I find myself being less apt to take my camera out to just capture life. I used to always go out and take pictures of sunsets, flowers, and siblings. But now, I see a gorgeous sunset and then think "Oh, that would be a great picture" but then I get too lazy to go grab my camera, adjust the settings, and take the time to capture the display of the night. All I can think is that it will be another picture to upload, another picture to edit, another picture to post, another few minutes spent on the computer. I've been so blessed with many more frequent photography sessions but the routine of uploading, editing, uploading, and burning has become rather dull. So much so that I don't want to take pictures of some things anymore because I know the minutes (hours?) of work that will have to follow. And I just want to enjoy the moment. I don't always want to have to do it through my lens...I just want to sit back, relax, and not worry about if the picture is too bright or dark, if the white balance is correct, and so forth.
I'm telling you all this because I realized the other day that I needed to go out and take pictures. I was letting my creativity and love for the beautiful things outdoors stagnate because I was tired of the routine.
So, I pulled out my camera and went outside to capture the beauty I have missed so often. No one asked me to take the pictures, no one expected me to take the pictures...I went out to photograph just because I wanted to. There was so much beauty I was missing, simply because I didn't want to do all the work.
After photographing everything from my brother to some pretty weeds, I felt so much better and happier! I was shooting because I loved it...I could let my creativity flow and try shooting on "M" (I've always used "A") or try different angles because if it didn't come out right...who cares? No one was expecting the pictures to come out great.
Below are some of the pictures I captured from that day. I walked on the brave side and shot in Manual mode for all these photos. I've read so many photographers talk about it, but never had the courage to try until that day. I had so many blown out and DARK pictures as a result but I also figured out a little more of the way ISO, shutter, and aperture work together. Overall, I'm definitely not ready to shot in Manual for a photography session but I might start trying to work for it!
Probably my favorite photo from the whole day! :)
Take a minute today and smell the roses!!