First Thought, Best Thought

"The first thing you see that deeply strikes your attention, simply take the photograph and frame it in your camera with naturalness and spontaneity."


Ulrich, David. Zen Camera: Creative Awakening with a Daily Practice in Photography (p. 22). Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale. Kindle Edition.


I have been working on the homework for the Circle book club. I went out for a walk to the edge of the river in town and followed the above advice. I walked along and snapped a photo of whatever caught my fancy. I shot from the hip, which means that I did not always get what I saw. It also worked in the other direction. I got some shot that I did not expect. I think that was the point of the exercise. I think that I do this anyway but apparently not as freely as I did yesterday. I do usually take the time to frame and compose the shot which does take away from the spontaneity.


I took my smaller Canon SL1 with a 40mm lens that made this much easier to do.



Dead decaying bird on a log.

I came across this as I was walking. There were a lot of feathers on the trail and then I saw the bird. It had been dead a while and there were ants working on it. I wish that the feet were more in focus. I think this qualifies as natural "beauty"


Leaf in water

I did not know I had captured this until I got home.

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