Article by Curtis Beaird
Photography by Curtis and Norma Beaird
The simple brings us the majestic.
The ordinary, when appreciated, brings us beauty.
The familiar, fully examined, brings us fascination.
Relax and photograph.
Not all things are perfect. Well, at least I've been told spiders got it right. One side is the mirror image of the other. But, photography? Not everyday holds the perfect moment. Light is what it is and does what it does. Humidity, dust, and the glare off of Uncle Wiggly's nose offer photographers "challenges", as they say.
Some mornings, there is no golden moment. That thirty-eight seconds when the light flows smooth and easy, bathing the subject in only the best Mother Nature has to offer. They are golden. Those few moments when you know the hue and saturation will work as designed, because the reflected light meets the required digital standards for them to work as designed.
Life as it is, when it is, where it is.
Rainy days, laced with heavy doses of their brand of gray, offers what I could never find in the golden moment - boredom. That's right, not every moment sparkles, not even for a Northern Cardinal. When you are molting and rain-soaked, and clinging to a broken branch, for whatever this female cardinal is waiting for, blah overwhelms the moment. Life as it is, when it is, where it is. She hunkers down and lives it. Do you hear what I hear?
All moments are rare moments.
If it fascinates you, photograph it. If you care about it, photograph it. If it deepens the mystery for you, photograph it. If it tells you a story, photograph it. The good news - what the moment holds for you will be transfered to your work. Care about a wet Blue Jay on a tree limb or a welder high in the steel, and your work will be infused with life.
When a moment speaks to you, photograph it. What could be more prosaic than birds on a feeder? or A bird folded and wet on a branch? Unless those scenes fascinate you, then the eye of the photographer becomes the eye of the beholder and the beauty shines through. All moments are rare moments.
Relax and photograph.
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