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on Jun 28, 2013 in Landscape Photography

Your Blah Might Be Someone’s Light

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I have this really well earned reputation for getting up really early for a photograph. And it is well earned, I do just that, a lot! Yesterday morning was no exception because this time of year, the sunrise is really early and traveling up to 10,000 to greet the day, 04:00 was the time. Now you’ve not probably done exactly that, I have no doubt though you’ve been up early at some point for a shot. You’ve also probably had the same results as we did. You’re there, the mosquitos are there but the light, it was nowhere to be found. Don’t worry, the sun did rise but there was no magic, no pop, no drama. It just did it’s usual thing, it came up with no ceremony. So, what do you do?

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Shooting with the D4 and 80-400VR3, I actually ended up spending more time playing with the iPhone at times than the D4. Why, well, been there done that at Minaret Vista a few hundred times before. Why? It’s literally my backyard, we can be there in minutes. Why go back to the same place over and over again when, I knew at 04:00 it was going to be blah? OK, photographically it was blah but for the soul, it’s an amazing WOW! And being the only ones up there, we knew the rest of the world didn’t know about it. When you can take a photo with your iPhone and thousands of folks can instantly experience what it was we were experiencing. Now how cool is that? And that’s partly why I’m posting this rather ho hum photos because, you weren’t there and you don’t know how amazing it can be. You only know what’s contained in the photos presented you and that’s the point. Even when it might be blah blad to us, those not with us, it is really possible it is amazing and that’s one of the great gifts of photography. When we share, we just never really know the impact the simplest photo content might have on someone. Sharing is just as important as getting out at 04:00 when it comes to photography. So, get out, shoot and share this weekend. Your blah (and hope you don’t have blah) might just be the light someone needs that day!