Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Lessons Learned

Tuesday morning several of my photography buddies from camera club decided to join me for a "guided tour" of Great Meadows.  The day was gray and threatening rain, but thankfully Bill, Bob and Don's sunny disposition and sense of humor brightened the day.

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The day didn't get off to a good start.  I managed to come to Great Meadows without any memory cards.  Thankfully, my companions, the consummate professionals not only had theirs, but had some spares they lent me.  Lesson 1: Always check your gear before leaving the house.

I thought that maybe I should try to mix up my routine; try shooting different subjects with a different lens.  The problem is that I was with a bunch of photographers that were enjoying shooting the things that I normally shoot. As a result, I passed up perfectly good images, looking for something different.  Lesson 2: Shoot what's there, not what you hope may be there.  Experimenting is good, but better done on your own.

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The third lesson was watching three good photographers see things that I've walked by several times without seeing that photo.  They each had their own style and subjects that attracted them.  I also picked up a few tips that will help future compositions. Lesson 3: I need to challenge myself to look at the same thing with different perspectives.
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So I guess the big thought that I am taking away from today is that this project will be my perception of the spirit of Great Meadows, other people will see the same things and may have different perspectives.