A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting some extended family which I had never met before. They live across the country but happened to be in the Bay Area for a few days, so we decided to meet up in Point Reyes and hang out for a few hours. We made our way down to the beach and were just strolling and exploring when we came across a little section of tidal pools. In these pools were a whole bunch of crabs, ranging in size. They were all very skittish and tended to hide in small cracks when they detected any nearby movement, which made getting a nice photo tricky. But thankfully, after remaining still for a while, this little one came out from it's hiding place, allowing me to photograph it and it's beautiful array of colors.
I just spent a few days in Austin, TX for a bachelor party. Most of our time was spent around either a lake, river or pool, all of which are pretty unsafe places to bring prized electronics in a bachelor party setting. Needless to say, I didn't take my camera with me for large portions of the trip. Thankfully, one morning while we were lounging around, I looked out the window and saw this big bird outside. At first I didn't know what it was, but I sprinted upstairs to get my camera, excited to get a photo. I take off the lens cap, open the door, and as soon as I step out of the air conditioned house into the hot and humid Texas air, my lens completely fogs over. Noooo! Thankfully, it was a large property which allowed for other opportunities, and by the time my lens was clear, I was able to get a shot of this beautiful roadrunner, mid-stride, as it was darting round.
"A bird born to run, the Greater Roadrunner can outrace a human, kill a rattlesnake, and thrive in the harsh landscapes of the Desert Southwest."
-All About Birds (website)
The most intriguing thing about photography for me is that in it's most fundamental state, it is capturing a single, still moment in time, in an ever-changing, chaotic world. It's actually quite calming and peaceful for me. And sometimes that single moment is incredibly beautiful, inside of a completely normal scene. There's something intensely rewarding about this for me - making an ordinary scene extraordinary. The right angle, with the right lighting, accompanied by a little splash of color in the right places, at the exact right moment. And suddenly, instead of just a picture, there's a photograph.
"To me, photography is an art of observation. It's about finding something interesting in an ordinary place... I've found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them."
This is the same bear as I shared with you recently, only from a much different angle. As I expressed last week, I feel massively blessed to have not only seen this amazing animal at all, but to have been given the opportunity to actually photograph it for as long as I did. It was a really special moment and will be something I'll remember and cherish for the rest of my life.
"Take care of all your memories. For you cannot relive them."