There was a time when I carried my camera with me everywhere I went. You just never knew when a moment would arise. These days I usually have my phone but the camera never seems to leave the table at home. I’m fortunate to have a lot to photograph around where I live but there are invariably those moments as I’m driving that the light is so perfect, the situation begging and my camera is sitting on the table in the living room. Ugh. The phone just doesn’t cut it.
Last night I was taking photographs for a dear friend. The sun had just set over the mountain and it was the ultimate spring day. The weather was perfect, just a slight breeze and the surroundings were defined by the noise – the decided lack of it. Babbling brook, air flowing through surrounding pines, birds singing their evening song. There was color everywhere. The hundreds of shades of green mixed with some still bare earth or last fall’s leaves. The fruit trees and forsythia showing off. Bluets everywhere.
I don’t do photography like I used to. Long gone are the days of proms, weddings and portraits but with that also went the urge to shoot – anything. I try to make an effort to take photographs for this blog or Instagram but sometimes it just feels like too much effort. It feels like I have to think too hard it seems.
When I was driving home this spot presented itself. I heard “Stop! Just stop” in my head and I did. I stood in the middle of the road and took a couple of frames (are they frames now?). Got back in the car and drove home knowing that this would be a keeper.
I realized that I really need to just take my camera for a ride every so often – a little after sunset or before sunrise in the morning. You see the most amazing things and they are quite often things that no one else sees or pays attention to. So try it, you’ll be amazed at what happens.