Sometimes when we are lucky, we visit a place where it seems almost impossible to take a bad photo: dawn in the Florida Keys, the red rocks in Utah’s national parks, the canals in Venice. Most of the time though, the sun is too bright, and we’re less than inspired to take more than a random photo or two.
A few days ago we strolled along the coast of Cascais, Portugal, and the walk started like all others. We strolled on a cobblestone sidewalk with a ribbon of land between us and cliffs, which plunged to the ocean. The bright sun in the pure blue sky made us feel warmer than it really was. Here the ocean was not so dramatic. The color was a deep blue and the water fairly calm. Seabirds rarely flew by, and, in this past month, we’ve never spotted even one sea creature. So, you ask, what is there to photograph? Were we becoming complacent? Not really seeing just what was in front of us? OK – it was high time to exercise and stretch our photography skills. Starting N O W:
When the walk ended, we were surprised just how many subjects we had observed and photographed. Not all were “brilliant” studies, but every photo taken is a learning tool. When we look back again at our photos of a few years ago, and especially a few decades ago, we can see definite improvement! That is heartening. It’s not just camera technology that has improved, but our photographic eyes. Practice makes perfect, so we’ll continue to exercise to stretch our skills.