Photography and Compromise

April 18, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

Fog and Mist

One thing I' e learned about photography, which also stands as a metaphor for my life is that its all about compromise. And with compromise comes consequences. 

 

In photography, if I want to increase my depth of field, I have to slow my shutter speed. If I want to stop the action and freeze the moment, I'll up the ISO, which means more photoshop to eliminate the digital noise I've created with the higher ISO. 

 

We took a long anticipated trip to Yosemite the end of March and had a great time (see "Recent Adventures Gallery") Upon returning home, trying to juggle home responsibilities and digital darkroom processing (lots of Yosemite images!) and strong desires to be out on the trail photographing wildflowers and our green hills, which are green for such a short time... 

 

I've been experiencing that pull that happens when we put demands on ourselves. And so I was not happy when I took a hard fall last week. Just what I needed! Into a heavy calendar and juggling multiple projects I had to deal with a cast, crutches, and doctor visits. Funny thing, cast and crutches really do slow you down. The restrictions put a kink into hiking and photography projects. And often, a fair amount of mental energy spent trying to figure out how to do it all with a broken foot, I finally got it: AFO.  Another fucking opportunity -- to slow down, complete some projects that require focus and concentration, and to adjust my attention (and my attitude...)

 

I'm taking the broken foot and the requisite activity changes as yet another lesson the Universe is giving me: Come back, slow down, and focus on some unfinished priorities. That's your Opportunity now, Gregory - take advantage of it!

 

And back to my original point about give-and-take - instead of being cranky about a broken foot and not being able to be out on the trail and making photographs, I can remind myself that we've had a record dry winter, our green hills are just barely green this year, and there is always next spring. And I'm finding that despite being 'cooped up' that sense of satisfaction that comes with completing a project, or creating something new - is a wonderful feeling. 

 

And a great way to use the time mending a broken foot. 

 

 

 

Look for more posts about our Yosemite get-away soon.

 


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