Squirrels and Serenity

I sit here on my patio, John Mayer playing through the earphones, waiting for the storm to roll in.Observing all the little creatures flying around me, perching themselves on the tree branches, the fence posts, eating the seeds off the ground.

There is a squirrel sitting on the fence eyeing up the bird food. Unsure if he should jump on the little tablet holding a plate of bread. He is actually checking me out. Wondering if I will stop him. I am after one of our Cardinals who has been very elusive this year.

I have been longing for simplicity for a while now, seemingly this coincided with me delving into learning about serious photography and the simple act of pressing a button. This may be a bit of a misnomer as I have discovered because there is a great deal involved in creating and capturing a respectable photo.

I find myself dismissing a great shot because there is a tiny section of the picture that bothers me. Seeing people post blurry photos or ones with blown out highlights, or color balance issues, cut off appendages bothers me. Why? these are pure reflections of what someone saw at the time. I would be terribly embarrassed to put up something like that. I have discovered many people do not see these things and are perfectly happy with what they got. I am OK with that. Just not on any of my pages.I captured a beautiful picture of my daughter recently but considered it a throwaway, not worthy of public consumption. A small leaf positioned itself to close to her face…

The squirrel is inching closer…about to get a taste. Should I let him or throw this frisbee towards him. Only if he starts eating it.

I am a people person, I love to photograph people. I have become very good at eliciting a great head shot. I have begun to delve into the world of beauty/fashion portraiture. However when you are first starting out people can be difficult to come by. Not sure if they think you are not serious, maybe they are just scared or nervous to participate in the adventure, unwilling even if it a free shoot while I get together a portfolio. And that is where nature comes in. It is always available. It never says no. It may put up a fight every now and then, may not produce colors you want but it is always there, willing and waiting, right outside your door.


Thanks for stopping by! Till next time…

Published by Phil Shepherd

Capturing my interpretation of this world and its inhabitants... I am a Headshot and Portrait Photographer and supporter of Live, Local Music. This offering is dedicated mainly to Mom Nature and the travels I indulge in with her.

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