October was a relatively quiet month, and I challenged myself to “master manual” – or rather – begin the process of understanding my camera’s manual settings. Mastery – yeah, I may need a few more months for that.
Anyway, as this challenge was more about the “how” than the “what”, October found me spending lots of quality time with my camera taking photos of… moments…
Not too long ago I worried that moving to rural Vermont would mean missing the convenience of stores nearby, or that running errands would feel cumbersome.
Ummmm – nope and nope.
I’ve traded traffic lights and rear bumpers for covered bridges and mountain vistas. Yeah, rough transition, that..
Chessie and I start each morning – rain or shine – with a walk up our mountain, usually as the sun begins to wink from behind the trees. Our trek is always the same, and yet, always amazingly different. I often wonder how many different ways I will find to photograph weeds. But then, how many different moments are there? Many more than I will ever capture.
When I began writing this post, I thought of it as “seizing the moment”. But really, what does it mean to “seize” a moment when merely noticing it should do? And after so many years of saying to myself, “maybe this weekend…”, or “tonight I will…” or “during my lunch break…”, I feel grateful to be making the shift to “how about now?”
“Mastering manual” has meant many, many missed shots as well as countless under- or over-exposed ones. And yet, it somehow appeals to the over-thinking control freak part of me. I am becoming a student of the light, which quite often means “yes, now!” and a hastily grabbed cup of coffee, baseball cap, and camera. Lesson number 1 on the syllabus – perfect light waits for no one.
My photography group has been exploring different types of photography which I am finding so helpful in keeping me engaged and fueling my imagination.
We’ve been experimenting with minimalism,
playing with black and white,
and giving high key a try.
These poor dogs – the subjects of so many of my photos. They may not always be eager subjects, but they can be easily bribed.
And while I have always said “I don’t do people” – I think this will be one of my future challenges. But then, my family – I am guessing that I will need something a bit more enticing than a milk bone.
And so, October flew quickly by while I kept clicking those random moments. And – because I never can seem to have too many journals, I added a new one which I think of as my “seizing the moment” journal. Okay, so I couldn’t resist – it’s just so pretty and the perfect place for random notes.
And now November – I’ve chosen “out of focus” for my challenge. And while my plan for the month is to actually gain a little more focus in my day-to-day life, I am thinking that the two may just go hand in hand. It should make for an interesting month.
I hope you have a wonderful week and would love to hear about your random moments!