Look Around, Be Aware Of What’s Behind You

And a big welcome to you with another little tip or two on getting those better memory pictures.  This time I want to chat a bit about being more aware of what’s around you.  This applies to almost all phases of life.  This is an excellent tip on staying safe when you’re out; you never really know what is behind you and what your safety quotient really is.  Just be aware – stay alert!

But this also applies to God’s secrets of beauty as well.  Be aware of the magnificent display of life that circles you at all times.  To share this, you have to be ready with the camera to take advantage of the beauty.  There are all kinds of beauty around you, like the little lady bug that was on the leaf of that tomato plant you checked out earlier today.  That little red bug was a sharp contrast to the green tomato it was setting on.  Also – think about while you were checking the okra plant, you discovered those two ants in one of the blossoms.

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Now, added to this, it’s always nice to share all that beauty you’ve seen, but the only way, (at least today) – is to use a camera.  I don’t know of anyone that doesn’t enjoy something pretty, a nice flower, a sunset, a rainbow – whatever.  (Oh, I know, us guys even love the sight of a pretty lady).

I was looking over the sunset the evening of September 12, and not really very impressed.  I took a dozen pictures or so, but none of them really impressed me.  This one is the best of the bunch, and it’s pretty enough, but I wasn’t satisfied.  I figured that I would go inside and put them on the computer to see if there was anything interesting.  If not, just dump them and forget it for another day or two.

Sunset looking west Mescal Sept 12

I went around to the East side of the house, and was I ever impressed.  This is what I saw — An explosion of natural beauty.

Looking east from sunset Sept 12

Now, I am beginning to get interested.  This was taken facing east, away from the sunset.  I watched, waited, looked for different angles, using the zoom and not using it, just doing a lot of experimenting.  I walked around and looked west just to see if there was anything different – nothing.  Went back to facing east again and took more pictures.  Took 37 in all, and these are the three best ones of the bunch.  Many were pretty good, but these are the best.

I did not change the color, lens settings, nothing like that nor did I fool with the contrast or shading after it was on the picture.  This is just a few minutes different from the one above but at a different angle and using the zoom feature.  My total time invested was less than 20 minutes.

The lesson here is to play with the camera.  Use different angles, zoom vs. no zoom, maybe take pictures but be in no hurry.  Wait 10 minutes, even 5 and see if there is a change.  Remember, Multiple pictures on the digital cameras cost you nothing.  So you take 50 pictures and get only 3 or 4 that are good, look at the pay-off.  Was it worth it?  You be the judge.

From Mescal looking east away from sunset


About royandsherry

Roy is retired military as a radar controller, both Airborne and Ground. Spent 9 years as a Radio Announcer and retired from the corporate world after 14 years as an information analysist, working with classified information for a computer chip manufacturer. Roy is a commercial pilot (ASEL) and has a degree in Interstate Commerce Commission law. Sherry worked as an aircraft parts inventory specialist as a government employee, later as a scheduler and coordinator for a large flight school and retired from the corporate world as a legal administrative assistant for a very large computer chip manufacturer.
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