Wednesday, March 23, 2016

How to Get Over Yourself and Get Out There!!!

All it takes is one step and then another and another and soon there you are... "out there".

In November I held my breath and took a leap.... here I am!!!  The future is bright!   We've been here in Florida since the end of January and life is oh so good.   My husband has never been happier. What's not to be happy about?   The weather is great!  We're living with some crazy friends and the opportunities for "getting out there"abound!

I have been jumping on every opportunity  I see to learn all I can about photography.   I joined a few groups, and sign up for everything.  I scour the paper and internet for anything that might be interesting.   I'm taking steps all over the place.

I signed up and participated in a "photo walk" workshop in early February around beautiful Naples, Florida.   The group was led by the incredible travel/landscape photographer,   Brian Jannsen.   Check him out!   His work is stunning.  I was honored to be able to learn from him as we walked around this incredible town.  During the walk, Brian mentioned that there would be an opportunity for a great shot of the full moon over the Naples Pier during the early morning hours on March 23, 2016.    This was in February,  I filed it somewhere back there in my brain.   While gazing at the moon last night, I realized that today was the day for that photo opportunity!

Naples is a little over an hour away.   To get there in time, I would have to wake up and get out of the house by 4:30 am!   Yikes....  I thought about it all evening.  Finally I decided I would just have to get up and I did!  

I stopped talking to myself about why it really wasn't a big deal, why I didn't have to go, why it really didn't matter.   I started to remember that it might be a great  opportunity for a once in a lifetime shot!  All I had to do was to get over myself and go!  I stopped thinking about it and just did it!   I prepared everything before I went to sleep last night.   Woke up this morning and went.   I got there, tried to take some images of the moon and the pier, but really didn't like what I was getting.   Then Brian showed up!   Yay!!!  After a brief conversation, he answered a few of my questions and voila !!!   I was able to capture some okay images. (better than what I was taking before his guidance).  Then taking what I had learned previously and doing some additional exploring in the area, I stumbled upon it ... some magic!  

My husband looked at this image and thought I made it up!   Silly guy, this is straight out of the camera.   While I like it,  I wish I could go back and do it over.   I would do somethings a bit different.   That's what it's all about isn't it?  Getting over yourself, getting out there and taking a shot.   Learning from you did and doing better the next time.  

Now I want to get out there in the early morning hours more often!   I still have over a month to explore this part of our country!   Who knows what I will come up with.  I do know I will revisit this location in the image and try it again!

Well thanks for checking in....  The crazy Russian we are living with keeps asking if I'm posting about him....  Stay tuned for the crazy Russian's story!


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