I love this shot. I think because of the beauty of the moment and the people I was there with. Jennifer King is such a great photographer model to follow. I keep looking at it to remind myself that I took this shot and there will be more to come. As photographers that is what we keep looking for – the next shot. Not saying the older shots were bad or incomplete, but we look for the challenge of the next location. The visual of the moment and the thrill of seeing nature at its finest glory and collect in in that moment.
However, I am now thinking about the next great adventure to the Caithness Islands in northern Scotland. I wonder about the weather because Scotland can be quite moody and the light so different. The chance to see standing stones and an Viking settlement along with a coast line all bring impatient thoughts. I have packed and unpacked mentally quite a few times. The photo gear and what to bring? Do I want all of my lenses or not. How about the filters are they what I want. I did invest in a Little Stopper by Lee and a new set of filters. The old set had a nasty scratch from use. Plus the lenses? I have a new system switching to the Fujifilm XT-1 from Canon and still not sure I have the bag I want. I don’t want to haul a heavy bag around with everything so I like to choose carefully. I plan on leaving one or two lenses home.
I decided that the Fuji 18-135 would stay home and I would take the Fuji 50-200 because of size. Except now I don’t have a mid range zoom and only the wide angle Fuji 10-24 and the macro Fuji 60mm (which I still haven’t got a handle on). So, I bought the Fuji 18-55 after realizing that it isn’t the cheap starter lens like Canon has which is why I initially avoided it. So I must stop fiddling with he bad. I can do all that needs to be done with the current plan. Now if someone would just carry it for me.
So here we are still in the middle of winter and my mind on the plane. What will the shots be, the people and the places. I look forward to the time away and the train ride. The adventure of living takes a lot of waiting to get to. The brief moments in life keep me moving forward and allow me to feel like I am on the right path. Otherwise, if I couldn’t create what would be the point of work. Or life for that matter- a gift cries out to be used and enjoyed. Nature a willing model waits for you to enter its peace and calm.