Life Through the Lens: Going back to the root of it all

31 days of Capturing Blessing, Day 25 BiegeDay  25, Beige

I alluded to this post at the beginning of our 31 Days of Capturing Blessing. I hinted about it over at my Facebook page, and finally here it is. Finally I netted the courage to write this post.

At the beginning of this year, when the ground was covered with ice laden snow, and the trees sparkled in the dim winter light I choose a word, or really, the word choose me. Courage. However, this story started years ago when I rambled into a store and picked up my first DSLR camera. I was so frightened of it that I refused to use it for an entire month. Instead The Thinker went around capturing moments with it, hoping that inquisitiveness would finally capture me. And, it did!

31 Days of Capturing Blessing, Day 24 Lime greenDay 24, Lime Green

Then, somewhere along my path of blogging to keep family updated, and snapping pictures of the fantasy we were living in Europe, I was shown another dream of sharing me through the mighty pen. I thought for a brief moment that maybe this stacking letters together was the path for me. That maybe, one day, I would string enough words together and tell my store and that my story would be placed between the hardbound covers of a book. But, words they are not my muse.

31 Days of Capturing Blessing, Day 27 hot pinkDay 27, Hot Pink

And, that is okay. It’s okay to be a part of something but not one of something. Because the body is made up of parts, but together each limb, each muscle, each organ that alone plays a vital role, together they create a masterpiece. I am a part of a larger community made up of online wonders… writers, photographers, and artists. But, my one, my specialty, is photography. I am not a writer, but I am a photographer.

And, it’s been a process to finally be at the end of this path, to erase the dream of being a writer out of my life for good. Oh, I will still write. I will still put pen to paper and share a bit of who I am through my words, but the dream is no longer about writing. The dream has returned to its roots, the dream is about photography.

31 Days of Capturing Blessing, Day 22, whiteDay 22, White

It is hard tell my readers that this is where I am. It is hard to lay splayed out to the world and hope, and dream, and pray that I am not trampled upon by telling the world what my heart desires most. It is hard to put my masterpiece on the walls of the world, and have critics saunter through with their opinions and dreaded words of discord that leave me tumbling in the wake of their path. But, this is what I want. This is what hard is all about. Hard is always worth the pain.

So, lovely readers, I am closing shop here. Today will be my last post at Four Simply Living. Today I will throw white blankets on the furniture of my past life and I will stop the pendulum on a dream lived. I will shut the door tight, and lock it, and walk away with a smile splashed across my face, and tears streaming down my cheeks. I will pick up my bags of courage, full of memories, and lessons, and dreams, and I will march down the road and find a new little spot in the cyber world to call my forever home.

31 Daays of Capturing Blessing, Day 26 CopperDay 26, Copper

My hope, my one wish, is that in this space I have made forever friends that will come on this new adventure with me. Will you send me off into the brand new world and patiently wait for me to come back and tell you where I have landed? Will you do that; will you be a forever friend?

I’ll be taking two months off to start this new adventure, but I’ll be back January first to show you my new home. I do not have an address yet, but I will soon. For now though, you will still be able to have coffee with me at my place on Facebook and Instagram.

Until we meet again… au revoir!!

Lisa, aka… just Four Simply Living

 

{P.S. I will not be placing that Life Through the Lens link-up this week. Instead I plan to come to your place and visit and sit a while with you and drink my cup of coffee, while I catch up with you all. But, I do have one necessary question. At my new place would you still want to build this community of our Lives Lived Through the Lens each week? If so leave a comment below telling me why?}

{Linking with… Texture Tuesday, Texture Twist, Sweet Shot Tuesday, and Communal Global WednesdayOur World Tuesday}

LTTL… 31 Days of Capturing Blessing, Day 15-20

Wow! your Capturing Blessing posts are really terrific.

Did you see Abrianna’s silver prompt?

Or, how about Jill’s week two?

Be sure to check each others posts out or you will miss fun things like June’s posts on Joy, Elizabeth’s vintage camera, Kristi’s last remnants of fall, or Lisa’s profound words. I look forward to visiting all your sites each week.

This week I am busy, busy, busy. I do not think I could have stuffed this week fuller, but it is all good. And, during those busy hours I also am having a ton of fun editing….

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…because, yep I am building my portfolio here. I already have a portfolio, but I figured I better do some building here so that hopeful clients won’t see one of my Germany pictures and want to take their pictures in that location. Although, I am willing to travel for a session ;-D.

This young man was such a joy to work with. We had a ton of fun together, and laughed a lot. This was the first snap I took. I love it, but more importantly, am thrilled that this is not the money shot. I was super nervous to have a session with someone I did not know; it has been a while since I have been behind a camera doing sessions. Photography is one area where I constantly question if I have the “right stuff.” So, on my way to this session I was completely nervous that I didn’t, have the right stuff. I sweated if I would be able to: obtain the quota I set in my head, capture a relaxed photo out of a senior session with a young man, or if any of the pictures would turn out.

I know why I worry so much when it comes to photography, because each work of art an artist produces if very much a remnant of their soul.  So, to place it in another’s hand and have them not love it is heartbreaking. And sometimes, that fear of heartbreak is enough to make an artist keep their gems hidden away, locked up tight from criticism or rejection.

I belong to a photography group on Facebook. I love this group. I’m not sure these people even know I am lingering in their group, because I very rarely interact with them. Instead, I sit on the sidelines listening and taking in all I can learn. They have taught me a ton in their conversations. But, they have also taught me a lot in the subject of criticism, and the potential to never be good enough. I see beautiful photos placed on the post for cc (constructive critique). Then, I see the photos slowly picked apart. People will notice the tiniest of issues with a photo. There are times when I have gone back to the original photo trying to “see” what the critique is about and I just do not get it. And, one day it hit me…. in this world of technology where perfection can be created we are slowly editing out the imperfections of this world.

As artists, we have to find the courage to let our pieces out there. We have to just let it be what the world thinks, because there will always be those who see imperfections and are quick to tell you just how far below the line you fall. In my almost 40 years on this earth, I have learned that those imperfections make us who we are, that we do not grow old and wise without a life lived full to the brim of imperfections. I have also learned that we cannot create perfection. We cannot simple clone out the imperfections in out lives, or alter the outcome of our living to the perfect vision of what we think life should look like. And, we shouldn’t do that with our creations either. Did you know that every single Amish quilt is left with on imperfection in it? Why, because they understand that life is not perfect and their art should not be either.

And now, day 15-20

Silver

31 Days of Captureing Blessing, silver

Magenta

31 Days of Capturing Blessing, Magenta

Navy

31 Days of Capturing Blessing, Navy

Lime Green

31 Days of Capturing Blessing, Lime Green

Yellow

31 Days of Capturing Blessing, Yellow

Sky Blue

31 Days of Capturing Blessing, Sky Blue

Peach

31 Days of Capturing Blessing, Peach{Linking with… Texture Tuesday, Texture Twist, Sweet Shot Tuesday, and Communal Global WednesdayOur World Tuesday}

Your Turn:

Will you join me for 31 Days of Capturing Blessing? I will be on Instagram every day to post what I find, and will post here once a week on Life Through the Lens. Feel free to continue with your normal Life Through the Lens posts, or come join us for Capturing Blessing and show us what you found throughout the week.

31 Days of Capturing Blessing, 2014 © Simply Living Photography

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LTTL… 31 Days of Capturing Blessing, day 7-14

So, I have to say my favorite this week, by far, was Jill’s little Frogs. I do think she could make a full photo book of all the frogs she has captured in her garden. She linked two posts with frogs last week, take a look at both of them.

 

And for my Capturing Blessing… Day 7-14

Burnt Orange

Burnt Orange 31 Days of Capturing Blessing

Red

Red 31 Days of Capturing Blessing

Jet Black

Jet Black 31 Days of Capturing Blessing

Pink

Pink 31 Days of Capturing Blessing

Coffee Brown

Coffee Brown 31 Days of Capturing Blessing

Lavender

Lavendar 31 Days of Capturing Blessing

Cream

Cream 31 Days of Capturing Blessing{Linking with… Texture Tuesday, Texture Twist, Sweet Shot Tuesday, and Communal Global WednesdayOur World Tuesday}

On Instagram, I decided to pair all my 31 Day captures with a C. S. Lewis quote. His Narnia series is the first set of books I remember reading as a child. C.S. Lewis is the reason I am an avid reader today. I didn’t announce it though, and a couple of my Instagram followers caught on last night. That was so fun to see them find the hidden treasure in all my posts.

All of my photos have been taken with my new Samsung Galaxy 5s. I am still trying to figure it out a bit. And, I’ll admit I miss my iPhone, occasionally, for pictures. Camera+ was is the best camera app available and I so wish the company would make an app for the Android world. The one thing I do LOVE about my new phone is the picture quality. It is outstanding and I am thrilled that I made the switch.

If you feel like you are struggling with light, and you have a cell phone with a camera, pick it up and use it. I am amazed how my light skills have increased since I began seriously using my phone for photos. Today I can easily say that my phone is my go-to camera. There is much talk, debate, and out right ridicule in the photography world about whether phonography is an honest form of photography. I say when it makes you learn a ton about things like lighting, exposure, and patience to capture your subject just right, then yes, it is a true contender.

I also I chose Jill, and her frogs, for a reason this week. I’m pretty sure she has moved on to manual now, you can correct me if I am wrong Jill, but she learned her camera that right way, in my point of view. I cannot tell you how many photography boards that I belong to and people are struggling with simple things like focus. Can I give you one piece of advice, do not be afraid to shoot in automatic until you have an understanding of the basics on your camera. Focusing is very basic. We all make mistakes, and have our bad days, but in general you should know how to focus in on your subject. With that said, if you have just bought your camera, or if you have had it a while but never truly studied it, then take the time to just get to know your camera before you move on to more intricate things like manual mode. It’s okay to shoot in automatic for as long as you need to. At some point, you will want to challenge yourself beyond what you know, and then you can toggle that button and begin exploring. Jill has done a perfect job of getting to know her camera. Over the last year, her photography has exploded, and she inspires me on a daily basis.

Will you join me for 31 Days of Capturing Blessing? I will be on Instagram every day to post what I find, and will post here once a week on Life Through the Lens. Feel free to continue with your normal Life Through the Lens posts, or come join us for Capturing Blessing and show us what you found throughout the week.

31 Days of Capturing Blessing, 2014 © Simply Living Photography

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