Photo of the Day

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Overwhelmed by Grace

I see the world through the lens of a camera – framing everything that catches my eye, evaluating what angle would look best, which lens I'd use if only I had a camera in my hand. Unless I consciously turn it off, this is pretty much how I see everything. Other people see the big picture. I see the world in its details. The wholeness of life overwhelms me; I can only take it in digestible bits.

Like this tree trunk. It's perfection. The trunk twists gracefully, fallen across an idyllic little stream gurgling over perfectly polished stones. The fungi growing off the side of the tree adds the sort of detail that makes my heart beat faster. I couldn't have designed it better than Mother Nature created it.

Most of the world – outside of books – held little interest for me before I started taking photographs. Nature and the outdoors were okay. I appreciated some things – like Alpine peaks and meadows in flower, trees bursting into flame in autumn - but mostly I was ambivalent, more content indoors – usually reading a book – than out.

I'm still very much an amateur photographer, messing up over and over until I finally hit on what I want. A lot of it's luck. I can usually frame the picture in my mind, and sort of have an idea the effect I want, but the technicalities are often beyond me. So I take photo after photo, adjusting this, that and the other, until I get the best picture I can. Then I take another dozen, just to be sure.

But this tree was already so perfect I took only three shots. Wouldn't you know it, it was shot # 3 I liked best. Good thing I didn't stop sooner.

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2 thoughts on “Photo of the Day

  1. carole

    Another lovely one. So much easier now. I used to have to go into the darkroom and spend several tense hours to come up with a print, it was quite magical though watching the photograph slowly appear in the developing tray. I do agree about seeing the world through a lens, I think it makes it easier to cope with too.

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  2. Carole, I can’t imagine working in a darkroom. For one thing, I’d have less of a fudge factor than in digital photography. I’d have to master the learning curve before I went broke.
    There should be a poem on the topic of the world seen through a lens, don’t you think? I suck at poetry. Someone else write it and tell me how it goes.

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