Living a Capturable Moment

August 06, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

http://www.slrlounge.com/living-capture-worthy-moment-good-put-camera-gds-sake/
 

I feel too often with the ability to "Instagram" a photo and to blast it all over social media, that we've lost touch with living in the moment even more than we ever have in the past.


Whether you're using your professional DSLR and trying to maintain artistic composition while remembering technical settings or you're using your smart phone to snap that photo of dessert after dinner, sometimes we get too caught up in the idea of sharing a moment with the world to really stop and savor what is happening right before you. Whether it is something as wonderful as spotting wild dolphins in the ocean or just that crêpe you ordered from a coffee shop. We submit these photos into an ocean of thousands of other photos wanting to share, brag, or preserve that moment in time. When I feel that we should put down the camera just as this article says, and "stay in it".


The article I'm linking to was inspired by my favorite scene from the movie, A Secret Life of Walter Mitty. In this scene Ben Stiller and Sean Penn's characters are both watching a snow leopard in the wild (something incredibly rare) and instead of taking what could be prize winning photographs of the leopard, O'Connell, Penn's character decides to just live in the moment. That's when O'Connell tells Walter, Stiller's character , "I just want to stay in it.". Both the article and scene from the film really drive the message home - put down the camera and enjoy that moment; live it.

Kishore Sawh, the author of the article, talks about a personal experience where he did just that and how he remembers the details of the memory better than any photograph could capture. And that's just it, we fall back too much on the ability to photograph everything that we dull the power of our senses and our mind. We dumb down the memory, we don't fully commit to the moment. And to me that's just an awful shame.


In short (TLDR) - put down the phone, throw away the selfie stick, stop trying to get the exposure right. Stop and smell the roses from time to time, and try to do it more and more often.

http://www.slrlounge.com/living-capture-worthy-moment-good-put-camera-gds-sake/


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