The Beauty Surrounds Us

Fall colours

One thing photography has given me, or re-given I guess, is the awareness of the light and how it plays out on our surroundings.  I’m more aware of the beauty around me now that I’ve taken the camera up again.  It amazes me what we can take for granted.

It provides me a challenge though, in that while driving I frequently want to stop and pull out my camera.  I want to capture the colours, or the shapes, or the people doing what they do.  It has to be enough though that I can appreciate it for what it is at that time, because generally the time isn’t right for me to stop.  Perhaps that’s a bad attitude.

I do stop frequently and try to capture what is occurring in the moment but that is not often practical, not always prudent.  I may be on my way somewhere or have a not-so-patient passenger, know what I mean?

If I’m out by myself and have the time I’ve been known to turn around or even back up on the street in order to get that “the light’s just right shot” but at the same time I need to be careful.  In my zeal to see the beauty I may miss the obvious, I may not see the car stopping suddenly in front, or the pedestrian walking along the road.

So how do I balance this?  How do others do it?  Give me some tips, please.


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