January 31, 2016
What I posted in Facebook today was the photo below and this caption: “A camera made this photo — NIKON D3000 ISO 200 55mm f9 1/125 — but the camera didn’t make the ice.”
This photo event stretching from the moment I stood over the water puddle on a walk in Pleasant Run Golf Course to the moment of posting on Facebook put me to thinking again about what this hobby is all about.
- While I on occasions am moved by my photos, such as this one, I do not think of myself as an aspiring pro. I do not intend to make a run for the gold. I admire professionals — their skills, their making a tough play look easy, their pushing the edges of their respective arenas. Photography is something different for me. It’s a hobby. A senior’s bliss. Therefore I stay with simple equipment and simple processing. Simple aspirations.
- Most of my photos relate to another pleasure — taking walks. The two enhance each other.
- One abiding outcome of walking with a camera is that I am now seeing what I didn’t see in times past. It’s as though the camera is inviting me to look anew at nature. The camera doesn’t want me to arrange nature, but to observe it — sometimes close-up, sometimes at a distance, sometimes in its intricate relationships. This closer observation leads me to know that the finest art on the planet is natural, often near to us, often unobserved.
- I must say this. Nature and the camera and me become all the more significant and enjoyable when shared. Thus, if you wish to make a wall hanging of today’s photo, it’s yours. I am delighted.