Selfoss, Iceland.

Something really special about snow.  The day we went to Selfoss was freezing cold, it was snowing or raining and I was trying to use an ND filter to get a longer exposure.  It wasn’t too difficult at Selfoss Although to take this we had to pick our way right to the edge of the precipice and stand up on a rocky outcrop looking down into the river below.  More difficult, even near impossible at Dettifoss nearby.  I would say I tried 20 shots an most of them have spray from the falls on the filter.  There was nobody there but us group of fruit loop photographers struggling around in the snow and that made it extra special, it felt like we were the only people left on the planet! My boots were leaking and my hands were freezing but it was magnificent!  Its great to have the photographs obviously but its even better to have those precious memories.  The shot above taught me that patience and perseverance lead to results so every time now I go out and something doesn’t work out i.e the light, the weather or whatever it only makes me more determined to go out again until I get what I came for!

About briancooney123

HOW I GOT HERE Of course, I wasn’t always a full time photographer. I spent a lot of time in the corporate world. I had a job which paid well, but just didn’t excite me. I remember the day when I had had enough. Enough of selling myself short, enough of dreaming too small, enough of doing what others expected of me. I had put away my dreams and told myself I would get back to them later, but somehow there always seemed to be something else that had to get done first. A friend of mine had recommended I take the NLP Business Practitioners course, and although I was really busy, I decided to do it. During that time, I began to imagine the different paths my life could take from here. While I had a hazy picture of what this other life might look like, I had a clear picture of where my current life was going if I didn’t change. It was a scary moment, a bit like standing on the edge of a cliff deciding whether to jump into the great unknown or stay on the cliff, safe but trapped. I jumped. The transition to the life I wanted was challenging The transition to the life I wanted was challenging but I would never go back. After that day I resolved to do what I love, to follow my bliss.  Picking up a camera after several years away, I found that many things had changed, the digital age had arrived. In the intervening years, I was too busy to pay any attention to my photography, and occasionally when I took something I really liked, I would think “how do some photographs seem so captivating and others leave me completely cold?” I knew this is what I was meant to do Somehow though, I knew this is what I was meant to do. I dedicated myself to learning everything I could about being a photographer. I took many, many courses and I read every book I could get my hands on, I still do. Since then, I have dedicated myself to helping other creative photographers achieve the results they want. And what a journey it has been. Last year I qualified as a coach. My main area of interest is creativity and helping others to express their vision. WHAT I BELIEVE Along the way, I’ve learnt that there are no rules. Experiment, explore, play. My advice is to make your art from your heart, not for the praise or the money.  Lighten up. It’s important to take your photography seriously, but it's a mistake to take yourself too seriously. Finally, you get what you want when you never, ever give up so enjoy every minute of it and just do it!
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14 Responses to Patience+Perseverance=RESULT!

  1. Well done! It’s just wonderful.

  2. thanks for going to show much trouble for the rest of us to warmly enjoy! Magnificent.

  3. editorkcb says:

    So enjoyable to see your amazing photos.

  4. Aye carumba! What a stunner. I particularly like how you dealt with that bland sky, darkening it so it still looks natural, yet now contributes to the scene instead of distracting. Sweet!

  5. Morten Høj says:

    And what a RESULT! Beautiful!

  6. Cheryl says:

    Beautiful, Brian. I need to cultivate a little patience …!

  7. MikeP says:

    You could not have written it any better… its what we are about!!!!

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