Friday, June 25, 2010
rolling with it
Oh, you guys! Oh, thank you. Your responses to my last post have given me so many smiles, so much encouragement. Though I wouldn't wish this restlessness on others, it is good to know that I am not alone. I kept grinning at all the books we have in common. I kept rushing off to the library to request the books I hadn't read yet. And I kept thinking...
Thinking... Roll with it. Rest. Write. Quit trying so hard. Try something new. Turn your mind to other pursuits. Relax into the restlessness. Write.Well, read in snatches then.
What good friends I am blessed with! Thank you all.
Yesterday I quit trying so hard and focused on something else. I spent a few hours with the camera. I piddled and played with the settings instead of just leaving it in P. I discovered the black and white setting. I got hot and sweaty. I got down on the ground. I chased butterflies. I parked the car in the middle of the road. I took pictures of the same three benches over and over and over again. I dangled my camera dangerously close to the water trying for a closer shot. I drove around; seeking, seeing. I walked around; seeking, seeing.
I took 625 photographs.
After the first pass at them, I had only 189 left. After the next cull, only 101. Of those, only 10 or so are worth sharing - the rest are learning shots. But. No excellent photo; nothing to rock my world. I have to tell you, I was bummed. Six hundred and twenty five photos should give me at least one that really is excellent. Sheesh! Jeffrey kept reminding me. You are learning, Relyn, learning. You've only been at this for a little while. You only turned off P today. Be patient. Be patient.
Can you tell that I am not patient? That's another gift photography is giving me. It's not the gift I longed for, but all gifts bring at least some good.
I wrote about another gift photography has given here. I'll post more images from yesterday soon. I promise.
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