As a photographer I tend to see the world a little bit different from say someone who isn’t a photographer. Most people don’t stare at their plate of bacon and eggs and think “Hmmmm, that would make one great macro shot of that bit of curled bacon there.” Or when on vacation taking the typical shots of the tourist attractions but also looking at the people that are there, their faces, their hands; the detailed carving in a stone monument or get up really early or right before sunset and climb up a mountain or hill to get THE sunrise/sunset shot.
We see the beauty in an old grungy about to fall over building as well as in the teeny tiny toes of a baby. We will go through all sorts of conniptions to get that ideal shot in all manner of weather because that is what we see. Many a time we have been walking together someplace when either DH will point out something he thinks I might find interesting or he will find himself walking and talking to himself because I have stopped and have my head turned to the side eyeballing something pondering “the shot”. He’s used to it now.
We all see our world differently from the next person and even if you put a bunch of photographers in the same setting there would be a lot of the same photos but also a lot of different ones because that’s the nature of “seeing.” Take a look at this photo for example. What do you see? It is a little stream flowing under a high bridge but what do you see? Leaves? Water? Rocks? Mud? Tree roots? Just stuff? Or do you see the ripples in the water, the color of the leaves and what type they are or the reflections in the water? Do you see how some leaves are bunched up while others aren’t as much? Did you notice how at the top of the photo the leaves, roots and flow of the water are almost in a zig zag pattern? What else do you see and if you were standing where I was what would you have taken a shot of?
Take the time to look at the world around you; there may be more to “see” than you’ve possibly realized before.
F5.6 – 1/40 – ISO320 – 35mm – Canon 5D