The World is Full of Beauty

By Lane Erickson

“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.

Autumn aspen trees fall colors golden leaves and white trunk bark

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. 

Fall autumn leaf on an old weathered wooden stump from a tree

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.

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12 Comments

    1. Thank you for your comment. I agree that sometimes, the most beauty is found in the small details. When I took this photo I was surrounded by autumn colored trees but it was the single leaf that caught my attention and that I believed contained the true essence of Fall.

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    1. Thank you Datz. I love the Fuji 60mm lens. It gets bashed for being a slow focusing lens but I’ve never had an issue with that. It is one of the sharpest lenses I own. I hope you enjoy it.

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