Now, you may be wondering what the title of this blog article has anything to do with photography. This is something I’ve found that has not only improved my day to day life but I’ve realised the past couple months, it is also having an effect on my photography.
Being mindful means different things for different people. For me, I am striving to be more aware, more observant and feel my surroundings in each moment. I didn’t realise this post until just another lunch break not long ago where I decided to sit in a glorious green park. I picked my spot under a big tree where there were different colours of leaves making up an Autumn palette. I sat there and watched adolescent skaters doing tricks on the concrete pavement. I watched a group of friends in sports attire exercising. I saw numerous people lying on the grass soaking in the beautiful blue skies. I closed my eyes and felt the soft breeze hitting my face. I felt like I was connected with my surrounding environment.
At the end of the break, I got out my camera and took a shot. One shot. I felt like I captured that moment in time perfectly. What I’m trying to convey is that for me (it may not be for everyone), being able to put the camera down and actually fully be aware of your complete surroundings and feel your environment, you can then take some very beautiful shots that not only are technically good but you also capture something that you may not have noticed if you were just snapping madly away through the camera lens.
There is no right or wrong. There are certain situations where you need to be quick and we are in a digital age which allows us to keep shooting and go through the shots at a later time. This is just a new way I have found and it’s not only helping me take better photos but it’s helping me see the shot not only through the camera lens but with my mind. And I’m loving it.