Yesterday was beautiful, bright blue skies, warm temps, and hardly any wind, so we decided we should take advantage of this gift and go out in the kayaks at least one more time before old man winter shows up for good.
Mr. Tide was the driver, and I was a happy passenger with my camera as we, or I should say he, paddled all around. Part way out, the skies changed and it actually rained a bit, but our spirits weren't dampened since the changing leaves were so lovely, especially when reflected in the water and against the dark, ominous sky!
Last night our daughter stopped by for dinner and a movie, and we ended up watching a documentary called Gotta Dance. It was about a group of seniors who became a dance team for the NJ Nets NBA team.
In the movie, the team members ranged from an elementary school teacher to a woman who owned a small dance studio, and everything in between. It was great to see these people, some of whom were in their 80s, take on the challenge and change their lives in the process. Lots of them felt like they had reached an age where they weren't getting any younger, so why not do whatever they wanted, and because they all loved to dance, it seemed like a perfect fit!
It served as a great reminder that no matter what age you are, you can still do whatever you want, even if it may seem silly to everyone around you.
I often get asked why I don't post more SOOC (straight out of camera) shots, why I feel the need to "mess" with my photos. It seems that a lot of people out there think that photos should be just that, perfect realistic images of whatever you are taking a picture of, and I get that, but that's not me.
I enjoy taking something that is photo realistic and then turning it into whatever I want, making it into something I thought it could or should be. For me, that is the fun of photography, the ability to change things, to mold them into whatever I want.
In this post I have left all but the last image at the bottom as they were SOOC, except for cropping. And although I feel like it's so very important to take good images, and not think to yourself...oh I can fix that in post processing, I still love seeing an image and imagining what I can "do" with it!
I guess it's like life, you need a good foundation to start from, but then the possibilities are endless if you want them to be.
Image after having a little fun with it!
Maybe that's why movies, videos, song, and stories about people saying "why not" and doing something they weren't sure about but do anyway are so very inspiring and popular. So, the next time you think...I'm too old, too dumb, too whatever...just say WHY NOT and go for it!
“The first step to expanding your reality is to discard the tendency to exclude things from possibility.”
― E.E. Cummings
― E.E. Cummings