Saturday, September 25, 2010

Photography Workshop With Bryan Peterson

Super stoked about attending this seminar on Thanksgiving weekend:

Bryan Peterson
Learning to See Creatively ~ Photography Workshop
October 9th, 2010, Ocean Stone Inn & Cottages,  Indian Harbour, Nova Scotia
Join world renowned photographer and bestselling author Bryan Peterson for day long stimulating series of lectures based in part on his bestselling books Understanding Exposure and Understanding Photography Field Guide.

And the best part is my sister, Ree and niece, Olivia, are coming with me!  We can all be intimidated by our lack of photographic knowledge together!  I have Peterson's book, Understanding Exposure and I have to say that as excellent as it is, a lot of it is still Greek to me.  I learn so much better by listening and watching, seeing things demonstrated, so I know this will be great.  And the Ocean stone Inn is incredible; right on the ocean near Peggy's cove.  it doesn't get much better than that!  Now to figure out where I'm going to put everyone to sleep.. and how we are going to manage to leave the house at 7:00am...

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Life's in the Close Ups

Just spent the long weekend at the family farm.  The girls and I had so much fun roaming about the property, taking photographs of the things that caught my eye.  Things that I saw every day as a child, but never noticed the way I notice them now.

Later, Bem came over and we played on her iMac; cutting and cropping.  We got lost in the images that my camera had captured, especially the close ups.  I was trying to capture something when I took the pictures, but couldn't quite "see" what I wanted to see.  It wasn't until we sat down at the computer and started to concentrate on individual portions of the pictures that my vision sprang to life.

So much of life's greatest moments are lived out in the close ups.  Those times when you are head to head, heart to heart with another and the connection flows.  When you see, really see, the importance of the little things, the things that might not occupy much of your time, but add fullness to your inner world.  I think sometimes we look at people and situations from the big picture perspective, and we have the urge to just move on because we are not  seeing what we want to see.  Maybe we need to take a moment to look a little closer, listen a little longer, and we may be surprised at what is revealed as it comes into focus.
Maybe it's time to pay closer attention to the things that fill us with wonder, joy and fulfillment..

Here's to all our 'close ups' that give life it's true value.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Keeping Watch

Like so many we keep a watchful eye on the coming storm, praying for the best...

Longing for those moments when the ocean's steady rhythm calms my inner world....
Beauty and power, a compelling force...