Forest Aphorisms # 113

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“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.”

JOHN MUIR

“The forest is a peculiar organism of unlimited kindness and benevolence that makes no demands for its sustenance and extends generously the products of its life activity; it affords protection to all beings, offering shade even to the ax-man who destroys it.”

BUDDHA 

Henry Ford Aphorisms #112

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“A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business.”

“You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do.”

“Failure is simply the opportunity  to begin again, this time more intelligently.”

“Don’t find fault, find a remedy.”

“My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me.”

“Quality means  doing it right when no one is looking.”

“You can’t learn in school  what the world is going to do next year.”

“As we advance in life we learn the limits of our abilities.”

“Competition is the keen cutting edge of business, allways shaving away at costs.”

“To resent efficiency is a mark of inefficiency.”

Exotic vs. familiar #111

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1. Exotic , Lake Bled in the Slovenian Alps

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2. Exotic-idyllic retreat on the way to Grossglockner in the Austrian Alps

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3. Familiar– just boring brooms

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4. Familiar– the ubiquitous fork and plate (after Andre Kertesz)

You hit the wall. The creative juices aren’t flowing. You are desperate. You struggle to find a new subject to photograph. You have a day job and a family and can’t just embark on that dream photography expedition. You are not a professional guy with exceptional commissions and unlimited resources.

Now the question is what to do? How important is to travel to an exotic location to make that proverbial picture postcard perfect shot (picture 1 & 2)? We all know in real estate location, location and location is what makes the difference. However, I am not sure that this is true in photography. You might not need to travel around the globe to get that shot we all dream about. A familiar object around you (picture 3 & 4) may be a great subject. You just need to use your imagination and creativity.  Open your eyes and look around, get closer to the everyday subjects, watch for the details, use selective focus, diagonal composition or repetitive pattern (picture 3), play with the light and shadow (picture 4)  and you discover a whole new world to photograph in your own house, backyard and neighborhood. No need to go too far.

I have just discovered a great site where you can find ample example of great shots of the exotic and the familiar:

http://yourshot.nationalgeographic.com/

Now the topic is open to discussion. If you like photography I want to hear from you. Did you ever feel you lost your creative energy? Did you ever struggle to make that great shot? Share your story!

Look for the light.

Happy shooting.

Robert

Horse Aphorisms #110

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“Will is to grace as the horse is to the rider.”

SAINT AUGUSTINE

“I don’t even like old cars. I’d rather have a goddamn horse. A horse is at least human, for God’s sake.”

J.D. SALINGER

“When you are on a great horse, you have the best seat you will ever have.”

“No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle.” 

SIR WINSTON CHURCHILL