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While en route to a location I had scouted the day prior for a morning shoot I passed by a stream. Something was calling to me from that stream. As I drove by my mind would continually drift back to the stream. I knew that if I pulled over to look for a shot there I’d miss my opportunity for a morning shot at the place I had originally planned to go. Finally, I gave in. “There must be something there,” I thought.
I drove back to the area and pulled off the road and into the mystic I went, walking through the wet-dewy grass and shrubs. Dense vegetation and downed trees made the going slow and with the constant attack of mosquitoes, I started to second guess my decision. Suddenly, I could see an opening and as I got closer this image arose from the mist revealing this simple and yet dramatic scene. I used graduated ND’s to bring down the sky and to lengthen the overall time of the exposure to bring out a bit of motion in the water.
A lesson I learned on this particular morning is to listen to your internal voice. I had known that on this camping trip I would shoot a picture of a stream with strong compositional elements and unique color in the sky. I programmed my subconscious mind by continually imagining my shot with vivid detail. I believe that what we think about with strong conviction we can materialize into our life.
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