I often refer to my Blog as 'Gravel & Mud, Deep Thoughts From a Shallow Source'. In other words, this is what I think people should do. Drag your bucket through the puddle, let it settle a while, skim any water you want to keep off the top and through the rest back into the puddle.
That being said, here is a little puddle of thought I would like to share.
You've all been here... It's a new place... Someplace you've never been, someplace you haven't been for a time or at least, for whatever reason, it feels like a new place. You walk up and the whole place hits you square in the face, takes your breath away and you say...
In this case, the cow happens to be Pacific Rim National Park in British Columbia . In any case, your brain does what it does naturally. It sucks in the scene, runs it through some pretty serious JPEG compression and presents you with a postcard shot that includes everything you need to know to survive the experience. You've got a camera. Take a picture and capture that postcard shot. That way it's recorded and you can forget about it.
Let your brain file the initial JPEG postcard away so you can start to engage that part of the brain photography has begun to retrain. Start doing 'the dance' with your eyes and your camera. You will probably discover that the cow really isn't a cow at all but rather a:
Whole pen of pigs
Pacific Rim is still Pacific Rim but you realize it is actually made up of a lot of really cool stuff like sea stacks, trees, sand, sea weed, eagles, patterns, noises, people who are in a lot better shape than you, etc.. Wander around. Look up. Look back. Look around. Photograph every pig you can find. If you spend enough time wandering through the pigs a funny thing will start to happen. As you wander through the pigs you will occasionally stumble upon:
What makes chickens so special? They are a lot like pigs but they really stand out. They are the things that if you look around and then close your eyes you can still see. They are the things that make you look twice and really hold your attention. They are the things that will tie directly to the experience you are having. They tell the 'story' of a place. They are your best chance to allow a future viewer to have an 'experience' of their own when they look at your picture. So how do you find these chickens? It's simple. You just need to connect with your:
Inner mouse (watch the video)
When all is said and done... in my opinion... you have the blue ribbon chicken in your sites when you have spent enough time in a place to find that hole in the puzzle where YOU fit. The 'Best of Show' chicken is just as much a portrait of you as it is of the place.
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