Nature always shows up, looking at you with their inquisitive eye, you smile, pausing as you inhale their beauty and snap away hoping to capture the moment. This is what wildlife photographers do. Was trained by the best and fell in love with my mentors. Their vision, this is what I was attracted to. Eric would share about the importance of “natural light” not to conform to the worlds regurgitation’s manufactured by photo shop. George would say; “Its quite difficult to produce a tack sharp image with a 400mm lens which does not have an image stabilizer at 1/200s, but you did your best by choosing ISO3200 at fully open aperture” Didn’t quite understand what he was sharing back then. However kept at it……..could sense the pull tho didn’t understand the technological aspect. Knew eventually it would balance out and thank God for patient mentors.
I’ve played with different exposures and do like the artistic quality one can create however there is nothing like hitting the concrete with eyeball to eyeball shots.
Pure essence is something which resonates from the palate of the photo to the eyes of the viewer. “Don’t ever lower your standards Brenda, they are real, authentic in every way”.
I pause and a tear streams down one side of my face. It’s been tough living and serving in a world full of striving and competition…..abuse. It was even sited in my graduate studies; “Coercion” as a management technique. Literally saw this practiced and when all is said and done, like my beautiful brother stated; “KEEP IT REAL ” Authenticity is a gift.
Some will attempt to steal stating; “Nothing is authentic” as they incorporate your ideas for their benefit, barren and now desecrate your memory as if you never existed. They lie to themselves and seek worldly gain. Ah yes, their theft was real, and now they live a life of contractions. Your presence magnified their weakness. It’s best they imagine you never existed so to wipe their guilty conscious clean. Don’t let their compromise label you. Dust their karma from your feet, stay balanced and follow your heart
I hear this message and know its for someone to read and know just how special they are.
As this day unfolds the light reflected reveals richness even in the wood. the wind parts feathers on the chest of a Loggerhead Shrike, one can even see his sharp nails and beak. I spy a fluffy flower near a floating lily pad and a snake cooling off in a stream. The moss hanging from the Oaks looks as if it’s waving hello. All anxiety, concerns and heartache sifts through and is expelled as tears. Who could believe such beauty is all around us?! A pink bird with a spoon for a beak, comical looking and to think never knew these existed. The Osprey diving for his meal, the alligator sunning himself, flowers never seen before.
Can’t wait to publish these images, it’s so exciting to see, yet, if I couldn’t share then all would be lost somehow. Now I understand God’s heart and love for man, created in HIS IMAGE wow . . .love on my friends, love on.
Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair. ~Khalil Gibran