Timing

March 25, 2016 (085/366)

"Photography is the art of frozen time."

The first day of Spring Break looked more like Christmas vacation this morning, except for the daffodils peaking through the snow and the new silver maple buds encased in ice. I grabbed my camera and my "helper," who can never resist an opportunity to explore, and set out to capture this rare beauty. By the time I had uploaded the photos onto my computer, the warm sun had already defrosted the branches and large patches of green grass had appeared in the melting snow. Timing is everything!

Shoreline

December 13, 2015 {347/365}

"There is pleasure in the pathless woods, there is rapture in the lonely shore, there is society where none intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar; I love not Man the less, but Nature more." - Lord Byron

Metamorphosis

August 22, 2015 {234/365} Swallowtail Butterfly

"Metamorphosis has always been the greatest symbol of change for poets and artists. Imagine that you could be a caterpillar one moment and a butterfly the next." - Louie Schwartzberg

The sun was so bright this afternoon and, as I experimented with my new camera, I struggled to achieve the correct balance of light, color, and focus. As soon as I composed my frame, the wind would blur the image and I would start again. As an experienced iPhotographer, I know exactly what to do to freeze focus and adjust the lighting, but I resisted the urge to take out my phone. I continued to adjust the ISO, the aperture, and the shutter speed, but today's photos did not meet my expectations. Yet despite the challenge and my dissatisfaction, these pictures are symbolic of my own metamorphosis as I develop as a photographer.