I was heading out the door early yesterday morning to search for some brown pelicans to photograph, a little project I’ve been working on lately, when I was pulled up short by what I saw on the ground: the first frost of the year!
Silver-laced leaves on the ground, tiny bits of it here and there-it was beautiful, our first bit of winter here in south Louisiana.
I know those of you who live in colder climates might chuckle, but the first frost of the winter season always makes me stop and look. I took the telephoto off the camera and replaced it with my macro lens. Then I went for a stroll through the yard, looking, searching, seeing what would appear.
Isn’t it interesting how, in order to photograph, you must switch gears? Intent upon my pelican hunt, I’m on my way out, all business, in a hurry, wanting to get somewhere. I might as well have been hurrying off to work! But to actually “see” anything to shoot of the frost, I first must slow way, way down: look, observe, think about what’s in front of me. It’s like going from 70 miles per hour in a car to walking slowly through a forest: a completely different experience.
It will always be one of the things I love most about photography: searching for the photograph, I learn about myself.
What I see and what YOU see will always be different, won’t it?
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