I am excited to introduce you to the first photo I've shared with my FIXED camera! It was in the shop for over two months, but they finally got it working again and it's as good as new. I recently took it out on an early morning hike and was blessed with a foggy scene over a still lake. Really excited to have it back in my life and even more excited to put to use some of the new editing skills I've acquired over the past couple months. Honestly, the accountability I get from sharing these photos with you weekly has kept me striving to improve, even when my camera was out of commission. And for that I'm super grateful. Thank you!
"Patience is not the ability to wait, but the ability to keep a good attitude while waiting."
Well, it's been a long time coming, but my camera has officially been returned to me and is thankfully working again! It's been almost exactly two months, if I'm not mistaken. But as I've expressed before, it's actually been a great opportunity to improve my editing skills and dig through a bunch of photos I never took the time or energy to edit. Here's one from my 2019 road trip. If I recall, this was taken somewhere between Death Valley and Joshua Tree, although the specifics evade me. Either way, I find it to be another reminder of the beauty and resilience of the desert.
"If a flower can flourish in the desert, you can flourish anywhere."
This may sound crazy, but my camera breaking may be the best thing that could have ever happened to my photography. Here's why... I've never been a technical photographer (I'm still not); my strength as a photographer has always been my natural eye for spotting pretty scenes or details. And sometimes I'm able to capture the scene through my camera lens exactly the way I wanted to. But other times, if I snap a photo and it doesn't come out of the camera quite like I saw it in real life, my editing skills have never been good enough to accurately recreate the depth, contrast and lighting that I saw with the naked eye. That has forced me to only use the photos that turned out great from the beginning, while leaving behind the ones that didn't come out quite like I had hoped. Now, while I still have insane amounts to learn, my camera being out of commission has forced me to dive into some older photos that I never had the skill or courage to edit properly. Thankfully (and slowly) I am learning how to bring them back to life. It's been really fun and super rewarding for me, and I cannot wait until my camera is fixed so that I can finally use my improving skillset on some brand new photos to share with you!
"All misfortune is but a stepping stone to fortune."
-Henry David Thoreau
I captured this scene as the sun was slowly setting behind the mountain in my hometown. This barn is located about a mile away from the house I lived in until I was eighteen, and I've passed it countless times, yet I don't recall it ever standing out to me back then. Now that I'm into photography, I'm noticing all kinds of beautiful things where previously I just would pass right by. Which begs the question, even in my heightened state of awareness, how much beauty am I still not noticing?
"Live quietly in the moment and see the beauty of all before you. The future will take care of itself."