[looking] back in the saddle

Last Saturday, I had the privilege of doing a photo shoot with my friend and fellow photographer David Russell. He recently got a Nikon D40, and I just got my Maxxum 7D back from the shop, so both of us were prime for some shooting. I spent nearly every Saturday morning last year taking photos with a group, and it definitely felt good to get out and do it again. For me, it’s a good balance between a social activity, work, and a chance to teach.

You can find some of the photos here.

On the way back, I rode my bike past a field of daffodils (at least, I think that’s what they are) and I had a quasi nostalgic moment. The first roll of film I ever shot with my 35mm camera included a picture of these same flowers. It just felt right to pull over and snap a few photos. In sort of a strange way I felt like I had come full circle. Unlike the last time I happened upon these flowers, I am now using a digital camera and my reason for shooting is not to become more familiar with my camera, but rather to help a friend become familiar with his. This time, I was able to capture the picture the way I saw it in my mind, rather than racking my brain trying to remember what the instruction manual said.

I spent a few minutes hanging out in this flower patch taking stock of the things I’ve learned over the last few years. There is still so much I want to learn and do, but it was a great reminder and encouragement for me to reflect on where I’ve been, where I am, and where I’m going.

I’m not sure where I’ll be or what I’ll be doing next time I come across a patch of daffodils, but something tells me it will be just as encouraging… =)

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