In the Here and Now

Right here, right now

Living in the moment: It is the basis of a many philosophical movements and embraced by almost every spiritual practice.  It is both simplistic and complex in concept; living in the moment is about just being. Being fully present in every situation, body, mind, and soul, so that you experience everything you do totally and absolutely. In those moments when you engage yourself completely, nothing in the future exists – and nothing in the past is holding you back. While it might be a challenge to always be present, you can start small. Be aware of your surroundings. Notice the color of flowers, the scent of rain, even a leaf on the sidewalk. Pay attention to what is happening at every moment, but don’t fight what is.  After all, there’s nothing you can do about it anyway. By simply accepting each moment as if you have chosen it, you’ll be surprised at what the day has to offer you.

Photographers tend to try to exercise this with every shot they take, watching the scene, gauging the light, composing the image,and most importantly slowing down and enjoying the moment. It is amazing what happens when you forcibly slow down the shooting process and take some time to breathe – sometimes using a tripod helps, even though you may not need one. One has to lug it around, set it up, make adjustments….and in the mean time, the vision for the shot formulates… slowly. The image today was taken at Dog Beach in Del Mar, California. This is the only beach where people can take their canine buddies to play in the sand and the surf. Using a 70-200mm f2.8 Nikkor lens and shooting wide open (full aperture) allowed us a discreet distance to our subject and her friend and at the same time gave a delicious blur to the background. Shooting wide open is fantastic for portraits or other subjects where you don’t want the main subject to be distracted by a busy background. There is a tranquility to this shot as the puppy watches the action on the beach from a safe spot.

9 responses

  1. This is so true , I have been battling with depression for over a year , and my photography has helped me through it tremendously. It has taught me again what life around me is about and to slow down and appreciate more.

    July 15, 2012 at 5:27 am

  2. Carpe Diem !!!

    Nice photo and Carpe Diem, I follow this…

    July 15, 2012 at 5:46 am

  3. Great post, Erik. And a great image to go with it.

    July 15, 2012 at 7:14 am

  4. Cool capture

    July 15, 2012 at 12:30 pm

  5. wonderful black and white image !! like it

    August 11, 2012 at 7:37 am

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