I was visiting my parents for the Christmas holiday and I always enjoy looking around my dad’s property for little details. He has some large maple trees that he’s nurtured over the years and this late in December all the leaves have pretty much dropped. I was sitting on his front porch just enjoying a few minutes of solitude, watching the snow melt and admiring how well my father keeps his hedges, when I spotted a lone leaf sitting among his hedge next to the melting snow. Something simple, but with so much detail.
I’m not sure where I heard this, but sometimes as a photographer you just need to spend 10 minutes just observing things around you. Many times we are rushing to set up for a sunrise or a sunset or getting prepared to shoot the bride and groom who are about to kiss and it’s a frantic rush to get the settings right or the focus correct in order to capture the moment. This time the moment just stood still and was waiting for my eye to catch that moment. The small detail that I probably walked by two or three times that day, but it wasn’t until I sat down and really took in the full scene that the leaf stood out ready for me to capture the beauty.
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