Shadow and Light


Here I sit, waiting on hold so I can get into the easy-to-use website of the Georgia Department of Revenue. To be fair, the site isn’t especially hard to use, but I had some confusion about the log-in process (do I need to get an authentication code every time I log in?), and I was in a hurry and misread my password.

Now I’m locked out of the site due to “password attempts exceeded.” Sigh.

I’ve been on hold for 20 minutes.

This is not how I like to spend my time, especially because I’m at the beach again in Destin. I want to be on the beach.

I want to be taking photos.

When you decide to pursue your dreams, you have to work - a lot. Some of that work isn’t your favorite part, so that’s the part you have to make sure you do first. At least, that’s what works best for me.

So, here I sit inside the condo, instead of on the beach, waiting for the Department of Revenue to talk to me.

Always an Upside

I’ve had a huge paradigm shift over the last six months. Instead of feeling thwarted or worried about what I’m not getting done when something doesn’t go exactly as planned, I look for the upside in the situation.

The upside here?

I’ll get my weekly blog post written while I wait for the Department of Revenue to call me back.

Writing is my other joy. I love to write.

Photography and Light

As a photographer, I love light.

I suppose that’s obvious, since photography is all about capturing light; but, when I was first learning, I didn’t think as much about light. I concentrated more on composition, because that’s what I was good at.

Obsessed with Light

Now, I’m obsessed with light - seeing the light, seeing how it changes and how I can use it to my advantage to capture the photo I see in my mind when I look at the scene.

The great French Impressionist, Claude Monet, was all about painting the light and painting an impression of the scene as a fleeting moment.

Monet painted the same scene over and over at different times of day, and though the scene itself was the same, the paintings were radically different. He so beautifully captured the colors of the changing light, the deep hues in the shadows, and the pastels of daylight.

Photographing the brilliant pinks of the sun kissing the day awake or the fiery orange as it puts itself to bed for the night, I see the shadow and light forever changing, rendering the same scene different within moments.

Moments are mere impressions.

Life is made up of moments.

Live your moments as fully as you can! Try not to sweat the small stuff.

See you between the raindrops!