This is a meditation sunset from Emerson Point in my hometown of Palmetto. It's the kind of image you might see on the cover of a meditation book, at least that's what comes to my mind.
Speaking of which, I've been trying meditation lately. Not that I know what I'm doing, just taking a few minutes to clear my mind when I can. Long story short, it's easier said than done. And to be honest I'm not sure if this picture would help. As soon as I look at a photo I start thinking thoughts and you're not supposed to do that. But I'm no expert so take what I say with a grain of salt. Maybe I should give it a try, it might help for all I know.
Moving along, I took this with my new Laowa 12mm wide angle lens. The fun thing about getting a new lens is I get to try it out in familiar locations and see what happens. A wide-angle lens has the tendency to create a tunnel effect, meaning that everything appears to converge in a point on the horizon. It's just a nifty effect of the lens, we don't actually see things that way.
Anyway, let's all take a deep breath, look at this picture and clear our minds. It might just do us a world of good. When I finally figure out how to meditate I'll write a book and put this photo on the cover. Maybe.
This is a panorama of Coal Harbour in Vancouver. I took this in the middle of summer after a trip to Alaska. When I'm in Vancouver I like to walk along this path. There are always a lot of people out walking, jogging and cycling. Also I think proximity to the water is a good way to clear out the cobwebs.
The original image is even wider but I cropped it because I thought it was too wide. This portion is composed of five photos stitched together in Autopano Giga. It's a good tool and once you get the hang of it it's easy to produce panoramas.
One thing I like about panoramas like this is the amount of detail. For instance, I've walked by this spot for years and I never noticed the house boats. While processing this photo I zoomed in to take a closer look. Next time I walk by I'll be sure to stop and look again.
It's also fun to see what people are doing. Most of them are just walking along and talking with friends. Off to the left is the Weston Hotel, that stands out in my mind because local otters like to use the pool there. How they climb out of the water and find a nearby pool is beyond me. They're smart little critters aren't they?
There is always something going on here, always something to see. There are a lot of awesome places in Vancouver but this is one of my favorite.
This is a two-minute long exposure of the Sarasota Skyline one afternoon last month. Looking at the file info for this image I see it was taken at 5:43pm. This was obviously before we set the clocks back because now the sun goes down at 5:30. Funny thing about photography is it causes me to notice little details like that.
On one level photography is a mechanical process, take a picture and preserve a moment. On another level the practice of photography is a way of becoming present in the moment and aware of my surroundings. One way to reconnect to the environment is through art, and for me that means the art of photography.
It's nice if I can make a photo that other people like. But more important to me is to make a photo that I like. It's an exploration through experimentation that leads to discoveries. To start with, discovering what aesthetics I like. Also discovering how to convey a vision through an image. A vision is in our minds and an image is a thing we look at. Connecting the two is an art.
I could go on about what the pursuit of photography is, at least for me. But perhaps I'll cut it short today and let the picture do the talking. That should be worth at least another thousand words.