First Rule…

As I always say, the first rule of a good photograph is being there. I was asked by a friend recently how I’m able to capture such great landscapes. First of all, thank you, that’s a nice thing to say, but I don’t know that I have a lot to do with it other than showing up. I never really go out and try to capture a landscape at all, I just go out to take photos.

I asked a friend why he loved the place he lived so much. He lived in an old schoolhouse that was built in the 1800’s, he was going to restore it one day. I think it was his pride and joy. I asked him to send me photographs of the small town where he lived, because I was interested in why he loved it so much. I’m not sure he was too keen on the idea, but I really started looking at where I live and started to appreciate it more. Then I started to photograph it. There’s more to it than that, I can point to a dozen or more things that went into all of that but that was partially the start of me getting back into photography. The idea isn’t to capture a photograph at all, that’s secondary. The point is appreciating the beauty around you.

I always talk about mindfulness and being present in the moment, my camera just gives me a reason to get out of the house. I can’t say that I have anything figured out, not by a long shot, but I can say that I’ve been able to witness so much beauty and so many opportunities for “great landscapes” by just walking outside and taking a short drive.

These photos were taken in Logan and I tried to follow the clouds and the beams of light to a spot that could do it justice. I’m not sure I was successful, but I was able to witness this. I talk to my son about this stuff all of the time and I’m sure he’s rolling his eyes every time I do it too. I’m lucky he still seems to enjoy it as much as I do. ❤

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