Being Prepared

“Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” – Seneca

Throughout much of my mid twenties I was always keen to always carry my camera with me. Whether it was on my person or in the trunk of my car it was usually within reach when inspiration hit. Lately, I have been trying to get back into that same mindset.

I’m still not quite there but this one photograph is a reminder to me the importance of being prepared. This trip to the park was just a quick adventure to the same old place. Something to do to fill the time before another weekend obligation. Originally, I wasn’t going to bring anything at all. But something in the back of my head told me to grab the camera. “Just put it on your back. Just in case.”

Like a mental patient, I argued with myself. One side of me thought it was stupid. It was an ugly day and I’ve been there with the camera many times before. The other side of me thought “what the heck.” It’s a minor inconvenience. Lugging around the 5D.

For the most part the camera stayed with the lens cover on as I followed my little one around like a bear watching their cub. Then out of nowhere the oldest decided to stand against a green wall at the same time the sun peeked through the clouds. She stood at the very spot where the shadow of the wall hit the ground. The moment was too perfect.

After a few photos of just her I called the youngest to join. The result was well worth the few pounds strapped to my shoulder while navigating jungle gym stairs and slides. And it was the first side of me that turned out to be stupid.

Food Photography – An Exploration

Ever since my dad helped me pick out my first DSLR camera when I was 15, I was hooked on photography. The trouble with hobbies when one gets older is time. Especially when a family is involved. So these past few years, photography has taken a back seat more often than not.

But like the changing seasons, my camera always finds its way back in my hands. So to keep things going I am venturing into a new genre of photography. Food photography.

Definitely, far from my passion of documentary photography, I hope this will keep me entertained. So far it has been a fun adventure. There’s so much to think about that I have not before considered. Staging not just the main objects but also supporting objects. Lighting: artificial and natural. I am so lost and have so much to learn. Fun!