This black friday I decided to join REI in their #OptOutside alternative. Despite the rain and ice, I chose to hike along the Line Creek trail that goes through northern Kansas City. It was a peaceful & wonderful way to spend my day. Nature is always better 🙂
“On prend l’essence de la vie dans la ville.” “One captures the essence of life in the city,” the French said. To be in Paris was to have the world at one’s feet—“le monde à ses pieds.” ― David McCullough, The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris
To think of someone harming this beautiful city and its lovely people, makes me furious. And yet, again, it has happened. I am so tired of people ruining the lives of so many people for their own selfish causes. And so once again, I find myself praying for Paris. Praying for peace in this world.
My job allows me to travel quite a bit. One of the things I really appreciate about traveling, in addition to meeting new people and seeing new places, is the ability to spend time in my own head. Every time I travel I try to look for places to photograph in my down time. I don’t always find good views, but I always find time to be in my own head while photographing.
This time in my own head is essential to my sanity. If I don’t create time to process life’s ups and downs, I quickly find myself overwhelmed. I’ve noticed that the more time I spend in my own head, the clearer my thoughts become.
In photography, a longer exposure time can produce better reflections. In this image below, my settings were ISO 800, f/2.8, for one second. This resulted in nice reflections, but I didn’t like how the ripples and waves were visible. So I made a few adjustments.
In the next image, I dropped the ISO to 50, closed the aperture down to f/8, and exposed for just over three minutes. This resulted in some very nice reflections for the fixed light points. The waves disappeared.
Sometimes all that’s needed in life is to slow down. Spending time in my own head helps the waves of life to disappear, and helps me to focus on the fixed points that are really important in my life. Here’s to wishing you good reflections!
Fall has got to be my favorite time of the year. The days are fresh and cool, the nights are crisp and jackets can be worn without being too uncomfortable. Rain, colorful leaves, no humidity. Who wouldn’t love that?? So in honor of this change in season, go for a hike, ride a bike, or fall into a pile of leaves.