As I look out across the countryside this morning I find myself looking for different aspects that would make a good photograph. That’s because the other day I was out with a photography group – and challenging myself – not just to take photographs – but to learn more about both my camera – and – the art of photography.
I’m aware that there is so much more to photography than just pointing your camera – or – as it’s become more common these days – pointing your phone/camera!
Growing up there were times when we couldn’t’ get into our bathroom – dad was in there – doing his photography – it had become his ‘darkroom’
I remember the fascination of seeing those films developed – and there is within me a sadness that we no longer process film in that way – we live in an’ instant society’.
So – acknowledging where our technology has taken us I had purchased an SLR camera a few years ago – with the express purpose of learning more about the ‘how’ of taking photographs – the apertures – shutter speeds – etc. I began a photography course – but as I learn far easier by ‘doing’ – I found myself simply accumulating knowledge that was soon forgotten.
Hence the ‘photography group’ – where we have a very patient – kind – and knowledgeable ‘teacher’ who has begun to guide me in the simpler arts of photography – helping me to learn more about how I can manually use my camera instead of leaving it set on ‘auto’!
There’s so much more – and I’m eager to learn!
My camera set on ‘auto’ takes great pictures – as does the camera on my phone – but I want to know more – go deeper into what makes a good picture – how the light – the shutter speed etc. can work together in order to produce the best outcome.
So much more –
This is so true of much in my life – there’s so often – so much more to learn – yet so often I will opt for the ‘instant’ – the quick and easy – or I think I know it all anyway – when there is so much more to learn.
The same can be said of God – we often think we have it all worked out – that we know all there is to know about Him – when the truth is that there is always so much more!
I want to know more of the character of God each day – to be thrilled and intrigued by how He works – to take the time to learn more about Him – to allow Him to show me more of how He works – and longs to work in more detail – in my life.
It excites me – there’s always – so much more!