Being different is good. Growing up, too often, it seemed that kids that were different in their thinking, actions, or expression were scrutinized and pushed aside from mainstream acceptance but, it is definitely good to be different. As a kid I was as conformed as any kid could be. I was scared to step outside the box and do my own thing, ever, but, that is not all that unusual. Most kids are like that. Most parents let them be. I wish it did not take most of my life to embrace being different and feel the rewards of it. Now, as an alleged adult, I strive to be different.
As a photographer, finding a new perspective is critical to your growth as a creative being. The powerful images that grace amazing publications such as the New York Times and National Geographic tend to share something different with us: every time. The images within their pages, loaded with emotional impact, succeed because they ARE different. These images offer to us a view or perspective that falls well outside our everyday lives.
It does not matter if you shoot for National Geographic or yourself. It does not matter if you work for a Fortune 500 company or you are a landscaper. Push yourself, at all times, to find something different to see, do, and share. Offer to everyone a different perspective whenever possible. Be bold. Be different. The awesome side effect is a fresh, exciting look at everything for yourself.
Photograph What You Feel
Nikon 500mm f4 lens
Sandhill Cranes over Bosque Del Apache, New Mexico. The sky was bland, the sun had set, and all that was avaible was some low light silhouettes. I shot several frames but, this one was the best due to the separation between each crane and their position in the frame. I chose BW to be different.
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