“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” – Jawaharlal Nehru (First Prime Minister of India)
The weekend is here, fall has arrived, and I am filled with excitement about the adventures this new season will bring. In celebration of fall, I’ll share with you a couple of images I created last year. I’m hoping to get out soon to create some new images of fall.
The first image was created with my Fuji X-T1 camera and one of my favorite lenses – the Fuji XF55-200mmF3.5-4.8 R LM OIS. My exposure was ISO 250, 1/180 at f/6.4.
The second image was created with my Fuji X-Pro1 camera and the astoundingly sharp XF60mmF2.4 R Macro lens. This lens is a little quirky but the crisp images it produces are amazing. My exposure was ISO 800, 1/125 wide open at f/2.4.
Back to the quote above. It came from a non-photographer and I love it because it articulates a recognition for the beauty in the world. Sometimes as a photographer, I believe I have a better ability than most people in seeing beauty. In some ways I know this is true.
Sometimes I have family or friends around me while I am creating a photograph. I’ll rush around my companions to find the right light, and the right composition and the right perspective. When I show them the image I’ve created they sometimes tell me that they would never have seen what I saw and captured if I hadn’t shown it to them.
Other times though I am reminded that you don’t have to be a photographer to see or appreciate beauty. I will miss something that the person next to me sees and points out.
The lesson: we all have the ability to see as much beauty in the world as we choose to see. Like all things in life, recognizing beauty is a choice. The realities, burdens and ugly parts of life will always exist. But, be a little reflective. Do you also choose to see the beauty? If not, slow down and look for it. It is there to be seen, if you will just see it.