With so much to do and see in the summer, I decided to make the rest of the month about capturing the season in photos. Regarding my own photographic expertise, I can evaluate photos but I have minimal talent when it comes to taking photos. Yes, I work with old photos for my books. These days, when researching away from home and with no time to waste, I take photos of material to read at a later time. Unfortunately, usually, the quality is barely good enough to read! Also, sometimes I take quick snapshot of friends, family, places or event, but few would be good enough to publish.
My husband, Walt, is the photographer in the family. He has always taken photos but, once he retired, it became an more important hobby. In fact, he takes the time to read and reread his camera manuals. With his artist’s eye, patience and willingness to experiment, he has become an excellent photographer. Of course, I am biased, but it is true!
In fact, making cards from some of his photos is a pleasant escape for me from my own research, writing and writing-related activities. His photos inspire me. As a result, I decided to share some during the rest of the month.
For those of us with a passion for flower gardening, the hail season is always worrisome. Before they are all stripped by hail, wilted by heat, or give way to fall weather, our taking photos is a way of remembering and appreciating them.
What amazes me about good photographers—whether amateur of professional—is that they see what the rest of us something miss. They see more detail, more colour, more possibilities than most of us experience when looking at the same subject.
I am always encouraging Walt to take photos of our flowers. Clearly, when a rose or one very like it is photographed from different angles, at different times or in different light, the rose can be much more than a rose. It can be an ever-changing experience and “way of seeing.”