Beyond The Campfire was created to encourage readers to explore the great outdoors and to observe it close up. Get out and take a hike, go fishing or canoeing, or simply stretch out on a blanket under a summer sky...and take your camera along. We'll talk about combining outdoor activities with photography. We'll look at everything from improving your understanding of the basics of photography to more advanced techniques including things like how to see photographically and capturing the light. We'll explore the night sky, location shoots, using off camera speedlights along with nature and landscape. Grab your camera...strap on your hiking boots...and join me. I think you will enjoy the adventure.

The Dark Horse Region

The Dark Horse Region
A View into the center of the Milky Way

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Slow Down -

How often do you find yourself running around taking pictures of this or that trying to get everything you can all at once? Yeah, I know…me too. One thing I’ve learned over the years is to simply slow down when I am out. Often I will have an idea of the kind of shots I'm looking for, but sometimes it just doesn’t work…what I wanted to capture just doesn’t materialize. Sometimes when I head out I really don’t have an agenda, I just hope for nature to provide that opportunity. What I have discovered is that by slowing down and allowing time and place to work, more often than not, photo opportunities begin to materialize. 

There have been times when I’ve simply set the camera aside and found a shade tree to sit under and did just that…sit. Sometimes for hours I just enjoying being out. While I’m sitting there, I begin to notice things that become good photo ops…in many cases I notice things that have potential and deserve another look on another day, another time under different lighting conditions. Slowing down helps to jump start that visualization process and wonderful images often materialize as a result. So when you’re out and about and the moment just isn’t working for you…take time to slow down…sit a spell and wait. Nature will often begin to present itself to you in ways you might have missed otherwise.

Keith Bridgman

1 comment:

Kristin Bridgman said...

Welcome to Beyond the Campfire.