“Sometimes I do get to places just when God’s ready to have somebody click the shutter.” ~Ansel Adams
I think that this may very well be one of my all time favorite quotes. Sometimes I just happen to be in the right place at the right time. All of the past events have coalesced into that one moment. And there I am, with my camera. I depress the shutter button, and I get to keep that moment, that one instant that evolved from so many millions of moments before it.
And I am aware that it is a combination of education, understanding, openness, and intuition that got me to that point. I’m grateful for the support and encouragement of those around me, all of those people who have said to me, “yea, you’re doing something right. Keep on with it…”. And so I practice every day, and every now and then, all of the principles and elements work together for me under my control, and by some greater power, at that very instant, magic happens. And click, I get it.
You know, intermittent reinforcement is the strongest and most successful form of reward. Every now and then, you get something AMAZING, and it keeps you wanting more. So you practice and practice in hopes that someday soon you’ll be in the right place at the right time again.
And this brings me back to that “You are SO lucky” thing. Sure, I happened to be at the right place at the right time, but I’d also like to believe that I had SOME say in how this image came out. I exposed for it. I set the DOF for it. I brought my kid to the beach, pixie cut and cute bathing suit. I stuck a bucket in her hands and said, “dig” while I snapped away. And maybe some greater power helped make all of these things come to be. I don’t know. But I do know if you don’t do the time with your camera, you won’t get the results.
So that’s why I shoot every day. I have an army of images that I have never even looked at, and that’s ok. For me a large part of it is getting out there and turning my camera into second nature – an extension of me.
At the same time there is only so much I can teach myself and that is why this winter I’m thinking about maybe attending a conference or signing up for a course or two.
And that’s what is on my mind on this glorious Monday. I hope you are all enjoying your time of. For me? It’s time I jump in the shower. I have big plans to dress my girls in rediculous outfits and take their pictures outside this evening. We’ll see how that goes!
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