meditation for photographers...

A couple of weeks back, I tried this walking photo meditation I read about in the monthly newsletter from Chookooloonks, one of my favorite blogs: 

take 50 paces, and shoot

One of my favourite activities to do when I'm stuck in a rut is a 50 Paces Exercise -- it helps spark creativity and looking at familiar things with new eyes.  It goes like this:

Grab your camera, go outside, and walk 50 paces from your front door, in any direction you please.  Once you've reached 50 paces, take 10 photographs of whatever you see:  from a scenery shot, to getting really close and taking a macro shot.  Force yourself to make each shot different from the previous shot -- by changing subject matter, or changing angles.  Pivot 360 degrees to make it happen.

For added relaxation, take 5 slow, deep breaths between each shot.
Then head back home.  Notice how your head and are your heart are clearer.

I was sitting in a small park, on a Saturday afternoon, while my dog played when I decided to give this a try. Of all the photos I took, this one's my favorite. I like the way the trees frame the bridge. 

The Zakim Bridge, as seen from the Galvin Memorial Park in Charlestown :: september 2015

The Zakim Bridge, as seen from the Galvin Memorial Park in Charlestown :: september 2015

This one isn't particularly special, but I like the colors.

Galvin Memorial Park :: september 2015

Galvin Memorial Park :: september 2015

I was surprised to see a difference in the depth of field using an iPhone camera, but I guess it is possible. 

Galvin Memorial Park :: september 2015

Galvin Memorial Park :: september 2015

It's such as simple exercise. And, much like a traditional style of meditation, it did leave my head clearer and heart feeling much lighter.