"It's what you learn after you know it all that counts." John Wooden
A few weeks ago our area of the world was covered in a delicious fog and that always is an invitation to get out with the camera and head for the lakes. We're fortunate enough here in Spirit Lake, Iowa to have several lakes and marsh areas that provide plenty of photographic opportunities for many interests.
On this occasion I stopped at the public boat ramp on Lake Minnewashta just to see what the activity was like since there are usually some people fishing off the docks. As it happened an oriental couple was in place, the sun was beginning to rise and I started looking for some angles that might work. As I got caught up in mental discussions concerning the scene another woman drove up to park and when she got out I couldn't believe my luck. She had a bright red jacket on and a traditional oriental hat on her head. Now...will she go to an adjacent dock, or fish from the shoreline?
For me a lot of the mental preparation for photography takes a backseat to going out with the right attitude, which is "expecting the unexpected". Keeping an open mind to what can happen is as important as knowing the right f/stop or shutter speed for a scene. I've gained this attitude from not only personal experiences, but also from following the wisdom of Dewitt Jones. His ideas and videos are informative and inspiring and applicable to more than just photography.
Thank you for stopping by and remember to support your local artists. Here in NW Iowa we do that by visiting local artists that are part of the Artisans Road Triphttp://www.artisansroadtrip.com which is happening this weekend of October 10 and 11.
Sic 'em Bears". Baylor Football is at Kansas this week.
For more views of my work visit;
Arts On Grand, Spencer, Iowa http://www.artsongrand.org/
Lanesboro Art Center, Lanesboro, Minnesota www.lanesboroarts.org
Summer Wind Gallery, Arnolds Park, Iowa