PISGAH NF, NW of MILLS RIVER, NC—It’s funny how letting go, how not trying to control, often leads to surprising (and pleasurable) results. Case in point: the photo above.
I love this photo. I don’t know exactly why, but I do. Even though the subject of the photo—the reddish-purple leaf—is out of focus, there is something mysterious and intriguing about it.
A good photographer would have steadied the camera on a small tripod, a beanbag, or at least a rock, and closed down the lens a bit more to get the leaf in focus. But I am a bad photographer, a lazy photographer, a technically horrible photographer and I simply don’t care that much about going through a lot of effort to get a shot. My whole technique is I see something, I spin the aperture dial to my best guess and I shoot.
And that’s pretty much how I take 99% of my shots which is what makes me a such a lousy photographer. My point is I don’t try to control my shots—I don’t try to set them up. I don’t think about them, I don’t place things in the frame or take junk out.
Now what I said above is true, and it’s a nice rational explanation for how I take photos… but it’s only half the story.
Here’s what if feels like when I take a photo:
She/We/I see the Light within something, and a connection forms between us (see Step 7 of this practice). I spin the aperture dial until it feels right then We point the camera and push the button and I’ll know instantly if I got the shot—even without looking at the preview screen.
There isn’t a lot of control involved—of trying. It is almost as if a relationship between me/us and the object forms and then She takes the picture. I—this clunky thing whatever that is—am there just for the ride.
Note: I do do post processing work to help reflect the way I/We/She saw the subject when the image was taken (the Light/God within), but all the post processing in the world isn’t going to save a lousy shot… and when I do get in Her way, I take a lot of lousy shots.
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