Photography has taught me many things over the past 15 years, but the one thing I'm finding more and more is my ability to really see what is around me. 

Now I'm not talking about finding my keys - in fact as I type this they are lost (for the third time today) 

Okay, back on subject. My growing ability to see more, much more both with the camera, but also when I'm out in my normal daily life. An example of this is shown below, an image which I know even 12 months ago I simply would not have seen. I was walking through a local woodland and the scene below was at the waters edge to my right, probably about 20 foot away. 

Two things drew my eye to the image;

  • Firstly how the colours of the reeds were so different to the subdued background which had a layer of mist over the river. No split toning of photoshop saturation sliders have been touched. This is actually how the view presented itself.
  • The second thing that I noticed from the path was how the reeds flowed, almost in line with the inverted reflection in the river of the opposite bank.

So I'm really thankful that photography has taught me to really open my eyes to the world around me. Take time to really see, rather than drift through, which I fear most of us are guilty of. As a photographer, as you start to really open your eyes, you will be pleasantly surprised as to what you can see and then capture. 

Fujifilm XT1 + 18-135mm (f8, ISO 800, 1/40 second) 

Fujifilm XT1 + 18-135mm (f8, ISO 800, 1/40 second)