It’s all about perspective. What is an everyday walk in the neighborhood for our friend, Nancy, is a new event for us. We felt certain that a neighborhood walk would be a fun photo opportunity. Nancy lives near a wooded area along the Huron River. Some neighborhood! The leaves were coloring nicely; a few last flowers were still valiantly in bloom; boaters plied the river. So, that’s the setting for when we — Beth and Nancy — grabbed the opportunity to take Fall photographs in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
On this perfect Fall day, we set off, and, after we walked some distance, Nancy remarked that she just wasn’t seeing anything to photograph. OK, Beth said, to herself, take a very good look around because beautiful things must be here to photograph.
A minute later a fallen tree with lichen came into sight, and Nancy swung into action with her camera. Beth reached for her camera, but her bag was empty. What? Oh, no! She had used it right before the walk and must have left it on the table at home. Now what? Nancy generously suggested sharing her camera.
Now, we were sharing a camera that one of us was just learning to use and the other of us had no idea how to use. This would be interesting!
We rarely approached a photo shot in the same way, but that brought out different perspectives. What was she seeing that I wasn’t? New ideas came as each of us waited in turn for the other to set up and compose the next photo.
Nancy and Beth agreed it was not just a good walk but inspiring to work with each other to see how two (very amateur) photographers could capture that glorious Fall day in the woods using one (not familiar) camera.