Of course there are many reasons we love to shoot photographs. To compose a scene or subject in your viewfinder and then capture that moment in time is a great feeling. It gives us a sense of control and inspires our creativity. But this blog addresses another reason why we love to shoot.
Yesterday I met with another photographer who was willing to show me his favorite spots on Jordan Lake. Having lived in the Raleigh area for over 25 years, I still had not found special places on Jordan Lake. As pretty as it is, I found the landscapes uninspiring… huge body of water with basically evergreens along the edge. So I jumped at the offer of finding some special places.
We started on Farrington Rd at the boat ramp. The first surprise was the low water level, exposing many tree roots and grasses. A sailboat was a nice bonus.
Then we moved to Highway 751 and parked on a pullover. We scrambled down a path to a creek area, many old trees, brush and occasionally a beaver is seen, but not today. And to find this brilliant mushroom was a bonus… check out the striped stem!
The many grasses blended nicely for a sweeping abstract.
Finally we went down Beaver Creek Rd and took the second entrance into the Ebenezer Church boat ramp. It was almost dark and pulling around the corner all we could see was brilliant gold as the sun was setting. We had been shooting for almost 3 hours and it didn’t seem we would get a sunset at all… and here it was right in front of us. I jumped out of the car, opened the hatchback to grab my equipment and ran for the beach area. For 15 minutes or so we were in a magical place, constantly changing clouds and colors.
Why We Shoot? We experience these magical moments, surprises that inspire, and are so totally involved that we forget time and place. That feeling is one of the main reasons we shoot!
You can’t make it happen… and it won’t happen every time you go out to shoot.. but the memory lasts forever and keeps us coming back.