When Time Slows Down
I'm often hustling from one client to another, and have lately found myself cutting things so tight, that I have no choice but to RUN in order to arrive on time, and catch trains. While I don't mind the exercise, it's the mental strain of constantly being on-the-go that takes a toll. And so it was at this pace which I sped down the highway to meet a client only to discover, they were running 15 minutes late. I texted back "no problem, see you soon" and broke out my 40D with 85mm f1.8 prime lens.
At quick glance, the scene did not have the makings of a remarkable landscape. Upon closer inspection though, I noticed the magnificent way the dry grasses and sandy dunes mixed with the evergreen trees and shady areas. Excited, I thought, "what's not a picture here!" and started to spot meter the brightest areas of the scene to render them as close to white as possible without overexposing. Working with the fixed focal length forced me to compose with my feet and look for the bet composition rather than zooming into it. I began creating images and this is where time slowed down. There were endless possibilities for photographs limited only by my imagination. A tree I've passed hundreds of times without taking one frame now appeared to be a splendid subject. It begs the question, what else am I not seeing the potential in due to the hectic pace of life?
Once again, the camera has allowed me to shed light on the less tangible aspects of what's happening within, while I work to capture the world outside.