Thursday, June 10, 2010

Distractions of a Photographer

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Such a curse it is to notice the little things all the time. As a photographer, I get distracted by so many little things. A week or so ago, a glint of light caught my eye, and I followed it to a leaf, then spent the next half hour photographing it. Recently when a woodpecker turned up in the tree in my backyard, I spent nearly half the day stalking it with my camera. Whenever I see something, I usually drop whatever I was doing at the time to catch that perfect moment. I see so many things in my daily life that would make great photos. I guess that's why I created this blog.
Today, while cutting my cucumber, a typically everyday mundane thing, I noticed the water beading on the top. Forgetting my salad completely, I grabbed the camera. The scene in my kitchen looked something like this: My daughter walks in to see my brandishing a cucumber under the skylight (to get the best light, of course), with the camera in my other hand, and yelling at the dog to get out of the way, because he kept walking into the shot. Very confused, she asked, "Uhhh, what are you doing?". All I could tell her is that she had a very weird mommy.


  1. You are blessed to have such an observant talent...

  2. You know that I have always LOVED your talent... and it getting better! Keep being observant, keep noticing the small things in life ... it really is a blessing.

    Just a side story to illustrate how important it is to notice the small details... we have a sales team of 25 realtors and decided for one of our Sales meetings/luncheons to create this REALLY UGLY sculpture centre piece. On it we haphazardly attached all kinds of "construction" paraphernalia to it; it wasn’t something that you couldn’t help but to notice. So throughout the beginning of the meeting and during lunch it sat at the middle of the table. Our manager even made a mention to the group about it earlier in the day. So just after lunch during our clean up and while the team was doing another activity, we removed it, then told everyone to pull out a piece of paper, and write down 10 thing that they noticed on the center piece. You should have HEARD all the hemming and hawing like “You didn’t tell us we had to remember anything” and “What center piece?” (that was my favorite). Being the observant person I am … I just couldn’t believe it! So out of 25 people, only 2 got 6 items and only 1 was able to name 10! Now I’m not coming to any grand conclusions, but I kind of made me wonder, even though hew do have a VERY successful sales team, could they be better if they took the time to observe more details? Are we all just a product of our modern environment… because we have phones, calculators and computers, has our life become so automated that we’re not forced to see the trees in the forest… or do we see forest at all! Well you know the rest … just some thing to ponder.

    So hang on to your talents of observation… it really is a rare gift!

  3. Thank you.
    You know, Sharon, if not for you, I may not have ever discovered my artistic side. I would be an unemployed writer right now, instead of an unemployed photographer. You are the reason I am who I am today. So thank you so much. ( I am serious when i thank you, the rest is sarcasm, but sincerity in the thanks)
    I bet you noticed that sculpture because you were sitting there looking at it, and thinking just how ugly it was. I know I probably would have, and memorized quite a bit of the junk on it too. (photographic memory, go figure!)