"To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders."--Lao Tzu
In my last post, I talked about how photography is a meditation for me. A process when all of time and space just slows down. My mind becomes clear and free of any issues that may be bouncing around in there. And this is very true…. Most of the time. That is until I walk into a rookery in the spring time. Then I become a like a three year old jacked up on cotton candy.
The rookery in springtime is teeming with every variety of bird in every stage of life--mama birds, papa birds, baby birds. It is the essence of life itself. All the sights and sounds can be overwhelming. It is hard to focus on just one aspect. There are birds flying around gathering twigs, making nests, making babies, birthing babies, feeding and teaching the young to go out on their own.
Sometimes, it is hard to pick just one activity to focus on for the shot. In that situation, if you are like you me, you probably start thinking what other shot might i be missing. Then you find yourself starting to get ever so slightly anxious. You start going from one even to another, but never really getting "the shot". And when this happens, often no shot is made, because focus is gone.
So what do you do when that happens?
Surrender to the moment. Put the camera down and take it all in. Observe and enjoy the wonder of life all around you. Don’t think of trying to capture it with anything other than your eyes and soul. Just watch. Take a few breaths and realize that you are a part of the celebration of life. This moment will never happen again and you are getting the chance to be a part of it. Appreciate that.
If you can do this, I assure you, you will find your focus.
And worse case scenario, if you don’t get that picture; you still have a unique experience to treasure and carry with you forever.
"Surrender--giving up what we think should be happening for what is actually happening."--McCall Erickson