If we can really truly find happiness in the very moment/space we are in, wow… that is good stuff.
I know it can be hard. I’m not saying it’s easy. But I do think it’s true.
I choose this photo to share today, because I took it just a few months after I discovered photography. I shot it with my nikon d40 and the 50mm 1.8 lens. If that means nothing to you, let me explain. The d40 is an entry level dslr. The 50mm 1.8 is a fabulous and really reasonably priced lens. At the time, buying that lens was a huge investment…. a giant leap of faith. We definitely could not afford it, but I wanted it with my whole heart.
Because I was using it with the d40, it didn’t auto focus and at the time I had no idea what I was doing. I was learning as I went. I simply knew the 50mm had a low aperture number which would allow lots of light to come in. And I felt completely blessed that I had it.
I shot the photo with my whole heart. I was so present in that moment….alive and in love with my new passion, photography. I can take myself right back to that day, that moment in time. I was sitting on our old staircase, it was mid afternoon, aiming at the lovely antique door knob, trying my best to get it in focus. I could see the picture I was trying to create in my mind… a Country Christmas photo.
Focus…..Click…. focus….click…… magic happened.
It’s one of my favourite photos ever. And, It’s been licensed by many companies. Isn’t that crazy?
Would the d700 or the 5d…. with the 50mm 1.4g have made this a better photo?
I don’t think so.
As photographers, we are always thinking of the next thing… whether it’s a fancier camera, a better lens, the newest software. I am so bad for this! I won’t deny it. But, I know, if we can embrace and give thanks for whatever equipment we may have at this very moment, it can completely transform our art.
So my friend… wherever you are, and with whatever you are shooting…. whether it’s a point and shoot, an iPhone, a less than dreamy dslr…. whatever it is… go forward into this beautiful season of joy…and shoot with gratitude…..
Maybe, just maybe, magic will happen. And perhaps all that happiness will open the doors to so much more.
Today, share with us a ‘from the heart‘ photo. I just know you have some…..