So, the last few days I've been going through a lot of my old files looking for some of my favourite shots to upload to Shadowness. I've been going through folders and folders and I've come to the conclusion that these are not just photos. These are snaps of my life.
I get teased by my friends and family a lot because my memory is not very good. I often am in a situation where I think to myself "I hope I never forget this moment". Maybe it's something that my kids are doing. maybe it's something that I'm taking part in or witnessing. Maybe it's just a sunset over a field of canola. And I think to myself "I want to remember this moment exactly. Where I am. What I'm doing. The time of day it is. Who I'm with. How I'm feeling."
I've realized that the best way for me to do that is to capture it with my camera. Capture it forever in a way that when I find that photo again some day I will think to myself "I remember that day. I'd had a long day and I really just needed some alone time. I grabbed my camera and headed out on the back roads in order to find something inspiring. I stopped by the side of the road when I saw that yellow field and as I stood on the side of the road, the wind was blowing hard and it felt like it could lift me off my feet if only I had wings. I remember the two hawks that soared over my head crying out their piercing call to each other and how I wished I could join them - just to see the world from their perspective and feel their freedom for a moment. I remember it was magical. It was special. And all my worries blew away with the wind and the wonder of nature all around me.
If I had not taken that photo that day, I doubt very much that I would remember that moment and how wonderful it was. How free I felt. How fresh the air was.
I am so thankful that I have that photo, and countless others to remind me of the wonderful times of my life that might otherwise be forgotten.
A List of Links for tutorials/info that I've found to be useful!
Basics of Pen Tool [link]
Making Photoshop Brushes [link]
Adding Borders in PS [link]
Depth of Field [link]
PS Borders [link]
The Pen Tool [link]
Making Textures [link]
Layer Masks and Colour Gradients [link]
GavTrain Photo Training [link]
Manual HDR [link]
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