Monday, January 24, 2011

Need Some Inspiration?

I've been struggling a bit with the winter blues.  I'm also busy at work, and in my few precious minutes of spare time, I haven't felt very creative.  I have read in some of your blogs that you are also battling the blues a bit, so I am here to share a wee bit of inspiration with ya.

Yesterday morning, I was up at 7am to walk the dog.  I'm thinking to myself...it's Sunday, I want to sleep in, and it's so damn cold outside. As I was getting myself together and putting on Willow's leash I had a fleeting thought...should I bring my camera out with me and try to capture some shots of the nice early morning light?  I literally stood in the doorway for a minute contemplating all the reasons why I didn't want to walk back through the apartment to grab my camera.

I was halfway out the door.  Stopped.  Made poor Willow wait for me, and went back in and grabbed my camera.

I was only out about 10 minutes when I saw this woman walking towards me with her little dog.  They were heading past a huge gang of pigeons on the sidewalk and that little dog literally pulled her right into the middle of the pigeon party.



Now, I know, it's not as romantic and lovely as capturing the flight of a flock of pigeons on a piazza somewhere in Italy, but I love the spontaneity of these shots.

Lesson learned:  If you take it (the camera), it will come (the inspiration).

Now, if this isn't enough for you, please go and check out this amazing post on the lovely blog rmontalban.  There is a story about an elderly woman and the lengths she went to to take photos when she was a young girl (hint: she made her own camera).

Lesson learned:  Don't take your fancy camera for granted.  Get out there and make it happen.



26 comments:

Photo Freak said...

Those are great, and they should be blurry, thats what makes them so fantasic. Love

lucy said...

oh my gosh -- how great are these? i love the dog's excited face in the first shot! birds! a perfect way to illustrate that great shots come when the camera's in your hands. love your pigeons (i did some blogging about birds and NYC pigeons this week, too!)

Anika said...

It is nice when you need some inspiration the most and are open to it, it comes. Funny how that happens.

The story with the older lady was inspiring...I want to see the photo she took with the pinhole camera! It was a remarkable tale though.

I really love these images. You were in the right place at the right time!

Virginia said...

Wow. I love the movement in those photos. They're so beautiful.

mosey said...

You're darn tootin'. (homemade camera, eh??)

And those shots are MAGIC. You and I must photowalk someday....

AMBre said...

These photos are absolutely beautiful. Congrats, I like your work.

Ashley Sisk said...

That's awesome - how did she feel about you photographing her?

R Montalban said...

I am so pleased that you liked my blog post enough to mention it over here, and more so because I love the fact that you captured these photographs. As you know, my camera is on me at all times, and sometimes you see things that others miss and other times you see different things, but all of that is what makes each and every one of us unique and special. Love the pigeon lady shots, the third one being my favourite, closely followed by the second one and they make me smile and want to see a flock of pigeons.

Clare B said...

I love these pigeon shots - a lot more real than a piazza shot anyway. I had a similar experience with my camera yesterday, I was riding home on the tram and noticed a dog sitting on the tram seat just up the corridor, dressed in a parka and looking very much like he was on his way home from "somewhere". Made me giggle and also be thankful that I had my camera there to catch the moment.

justine said...

these are fantastic pigeon shots, I agree that forcing yourself to take your camera out does make you see things and then you get a great shot! it seems so many people are suffering winter blues. Glad you posted this, makes me feel better when I really can't think of what to photograph.

Tammy Lee Bradley said...

Thank you for the inspiration this morning. I have been missing my creative mojo this past week. :)

Tracey said...

Those pictures are incredible! Thank goodness for having that second thought and going back for your camera ... you would have so regretted it otherwise.

I can't believe how many pigeons that little dog upset! ;)

Buckeroomama said...

Wow! This series is nothing short of awesome. Looking through them, I felt like I was leafing through an artsy coffee table book. Beautiful!

May said...

A great post!!! I too try to take the camera out with me all the time. You never know what you will bump into..:)

Formerly known as Frau said...

Awesome shots! You just never know when you find a perfect shot....I love it! Freaking cold here too.....stay warm Spring is around the corner!

Maddy said...

Wonderful inspiration!! I'm also experiencing the winter lull. Next time instead of searching for inpiration, I hope inspiration will find me like it did you :)

The Maddy Chronicles

Dorian Susan said...

Great post and fabulous photos. Do you know Anita's blog? It's called "did you bring your camera?" Her photos are always inspiring and I find it does help to have your camera ready at all times. You never know. Your pictures prove it.

brandy-son Zen master flash said...

This really is pretty amazing.

Alita said...

I'm such a country chic that I can see the real love in living in the city. The city itself can be a muse. And this shot proves that point. Great capture chica.

Visual Notes said...

Great story through your photos. Thanks for sharing.

Oliag said...

I love these shots! And you are so right about stopping to take the photos...today I had my camera with me, it was snowing gently and very beautiful...I thought of going to the park for a photo walk...but didn't talk myself into it...now I wish I did...Thanks for the inspiration! Wish I read your post before I left the house:)

Life with Kaishon said...

Oh my goodness. I absolutely LOVE these pictures. : ) I find so much to take picture of in the winter. The beauty of life remains even when it is cold! : )

Jamie said...

I know it is cheesy, but I got chills reading this - knowing that that moment of decision allowed you to capture such an awesome moment. What a brilliant lesson.

Jen said...

these are a great set. funny how things just happen and turn out great. I know how you feel too, because I feel so blue. hate winter. but yes, If you take the camera, it will come! love it

lisa said...

I think these are fantastic!
So glad you had your camera with you!!

Rebecca said...

Great advice! Nice photos too.