Those sunbeams though. ❤
“Sometimes even to live is an act of courage.” -Lucius Annaeus Seneca
There are a lot of stumbling blocks in our lives, reasons we feel fear, or sadness, or anger…but it is also within our power to choose life. We can choose to moderate our fears with reason. We can choose to accept the sadness, and move past it. We can quench most anger with discussion, compromise and forgiveness. We can choose to embrace the good.
While these things start as choices, embraced by both heart and mind, they are more than just an adopted philosophy. To truly live fully, your thoughts must be reflected in your actions. Say yes to adventure. Create memories. Vocalize your love for the people you care about. Open your heart to the people you have just met. Be willing to listen to another person’s story, and try to understand their perspective. Choose empathy – there is only one race, and we are all in this together. Have an enthusiasm for life that shows in every aspect of your world.
For me, choosing to live and seeking adventure started years ago with deciding that I was worthy, I was good enough, and damnit, if other people could find a way to bring their dreams to life, well, “Why not me?” Since that moment, when I opened my heart to possibilities, I have been lucky enough to see the beauty in both the countries and cultures of the world (like Northern Ireland, above), to face intimidating challenges head-on and to meet some truly incredible individuals who have reinforced my belief that most people are fundamentally good. My life has been immeasurably enriched by my willingness to live.
Nerdy Stuff: This image was taken at Giant’s Causeway. It is two blended images, for exposure and focus. 🙂 Want more info about classes with us? Contact us at info at seeingspotsphoto dot com.
Sometimes, to make a photo outing work with the conditions you’re given, you have to think outside of the box a bit. I hit the road thinking I’d create a wide-angle landscape shot and ended up striking gold with this intimate landscape instead.
Last month our students focused on minimalism, so the idea of simplifying has been on my mind. This particular sunset, the sky was sort’ve “blah” but the reflecting color was so damn purty. ❤
Settings: 75 mm, f/8, 30 sec, ISO 100
The weekend of Oct 1 & 2, David Pasillas and I are going to be taking a photo walk around Acadia. If you’re interested in joining us to explore this wonderful national park, contact me so we can shoot you the details! seespotsphoto at yahoo dot com
“The way is clear,
The light is good,
I have no fear,
Nor no one should.
The woods are just trees,
The trees are just wood.”
This image is from Opal Creek Wilderness in Oregon. Where I come from, we just dont have these sort of old growth forests. They have a completely different character than the trees I’m used to. Older, more magical, peaceful and man, oh man, that light was lovely.
The Nerdy stuff: f/9, 1/4 sec, 33mm, iso 100
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These last few weeks have been full of pretty incredible storms. It has been a great learning experience for me. Obviously, safety is the number one concern with lightning shows. Once you take the basic precautions, though, it’s interesting to focus on the absolute beauty that comes along with this powerful display.
This shot was taken in Bolton, CT at the heritage farm. f/2.8, 137 sec, ISO 100, 11 mm
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Star trails over a still pond on a quiet summer night.
Nerdy stuff: About 5-6 stacked shots for the sky, one long exposure for the foreground. Foreground Image EXIF of 175 seconds, f/2.8, ISO 320, 11mm