My friend John Simpkins lives and works in the old eastern Oregon ghost town of Andrews and I make a point of stopping for a visit each time I am over there. I sent him a message the other day about an upcoming visit just to be sure he would be in the area. He generously responded and part of his response was:
“Deigh, it’s amazing that I hardly ever leave the driveway of this place! I used to travel all the time! But there is something about being in one place and watching the changes each day…. like a long meditation.”
This morning I read an article by Guy Tal about photography as being almost a meditative or at least contemplative activity for some of us. I guess there is still a place for snap shots (phones) and street photography but it does not appeal much to me these days. I have slowed down a lot and come back from a solitary day in the field with very few images. Sometimes that means composing the image in my mind, taking the shot(s) with all the attendant technical camera adjustments and then processing it to get what gelled in my mind in the field. Such was the case with the image below. Two shots – one with deliberate camera movement and the other shot crystal sharp. Combined in post processing.
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John Simpkins website: http://www.johnsimpkins.com/