Ruminations - Part 4: Captivated versus Capturing

Ruminations – Part 4

‘Rambling, long form, continuing blog posts of my personal discoveries… thus far.’

I’m trying a new, long form, blogging style in this post. I’ll be revisiting it often. I’m going to use it as a mental dump, a place to share some inner thoughts and discoveries. Although the topics that I’ll discuss here may not be purely or strictly ‘photographic’, they are deeper parts of me than I haven’t shared with the general public before. They do make me who I am today, as well as guide how I act in the future. Perhaps you will find some common ground with them, or something will resonate with you. If so, I hope you’ll chime in and leave a comment. 

Perhaps it is all TMI for you. That’s fine, I’ll have plenty of other blog posts with pictures of Alaska, tips, tricks, travel factoids, etc. that I think you’ll find fascinating. 
To each their own. 

If you are a photographer, it is easy to get caught up in the quest for the next image.

Trips, travels, vacations - they become the vehicle for capturing more images.

You've likely heard this quote before, or a version of it:

Life is a journey, not a destination. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Travelers and explorers use this as a reminder to keep their eyes open along the way. Rather than purely focusing on 'arriving', the trek carries equal (if not greater) importance.

But this is also true of photography.

I propose that it is not all about the timing of the click of the shutter.

But more about what led you to that point.

I love photography, don't get me wrong. I honestly feel it is why I'm on this planet. But if "it all comes together when I click the shutter" is true for you, I believe that you are late to the party.

And not fashionably.

For me, it is all about the connection with the place.

An intimacy.

The experience of being there.

Whenever possible, I sit motionless at a location. I soak it in and try to listen to what it is trying to convey to me.

This is my favorite part of the creative process.

Everything culminates here.

Not necessarily the moments of photographic capture, but the moments when nature captures and captivates me.

Without taking the time to establish this connection, you are just rushing to a conclusion when you click the shutter.

In the end, it is not about how many breaths you take, but the moments that take your breath away. - unknown

Interpreted another way, it's not about how many photographs you make, but what makes you take photographs.

For me, moments create the opportunity for photography.

I seek those moments.

If I am lucky, I get to capture a few of them as images.

If I am fortunate, I get to capture the instances when the sublime and the finite merge.

But the moments of harmony occur before then.

While I am sitting motionless in a landscape all my own.


What are some of your favorite moments, when you were captivated by a scene?

Here are links to Ruminations – Part 1Ruminations – Part 2, and Ruminations - Part 3.


This new image is entitled "Reed Creek Canyon".

I am setting the opening Rendition Print (#1) at 24″x36″. (read about our completely unique ‘Rendition’ prints in this blog post)

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