I fell in love with shooting in natural light a long time ago and changed all my photographic work because of it. There's an element of it that I love where there's still a challenge. I have control of my settings and my vantage point but it still leaves room for Mother Nature to put her twist on things. You can be graced with a short window of time of the perfect natural lighting and if you're dedicated and patient you can come away with some unbelievable shots.
I love knowing that no shot will ever be the same. Someone could take exactly the same picture but they won't capture that one moment in time and that unique way the sun was hitting the scene in front of them.
Sometimes photography is about luck and serendipity and happenstance where you come across an amazing scene and the natural lighting is just right and you get a perfect shot.
But most of shooting outdoors is a lot of work in chasing things. Chasing the sun, the weather, the sunset. There are times I missed a photo by seconds because that's how fast the natural lighting can change.
Other times it takes channeling that inner ancestral reliance on the sky and carefully tracking the sun and the moon trails and knowing the exact times when the light will hit where you want it to and the balancing act that comes with the weather.
People look at a pretty shot and forget just how much someone could have worked to get that perfect capture.
You see for me I'm all about doing things in camera. I only ever do minimal post production and it's often only to compensate for the light and colour stops a camera can't capture (compared to our eyes) and making the picture look exactly how I saw it.
I am not a fan of people who are photo editors completely altering a photograph and calling themselves "photographers". If you didn't get the shot in camera, on manual, you're not a photographer. To me photography is about capturing a moment, not creating a moment that didn't exist - that is photo editing. I hope one day people will learn the difference.
Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.
I needed to read that today. Lately I've been feeling much resistance towards change. Why do I fear a future that doesn't yet exist? Why do I hold myself back from getting what I want?
For many years I was put down and told I could never be anything, that I shouldn't want attention, that attention is bad, being outspoken or loud or opinionated is bad. Basically I took what others said as truth, even if it wasn't my truth. I was conditioned to be silent and that it was un-likable to be me.
I know I probably write about this a whole lot in different ways but I use my Instagram as a journal. It's helpful for me to type out my thoughts, and allow myself to be open.
I need to continue to do things that are uncomfortable or different, to follow my passions.
I notice too often that we just look at others and admire that they were brave enough to follow their intuition. Why is shame felt in the pursuit to follow our own? ❤️
"Fitness is an important first step to creating a more mindful world." 🙏🏼
To me, a fit lifestyle isn't just about staying in shape or being capable of physically pushing past limits and goals. It's my time to be in the zone mentally, where nothing else matters, and the rest of the day from that point forward is a fresh start with a positive mindset. Try incorporating a little time for YOURSELF each day, and watch how much mental clarity it brings to your day. Living healthy is so much more than physical. ✨