Finding the prefect location.

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I am constantly looking for the perfect location, always looking as I drive on the most mundane of chores always thinking of how I can reinterpret a scene.  Recently I’ve been spending time in Connemara and while there I am on the look out for a scene that I can return to in order to track the change in season.  I spent last night checking out a beautiful big beech tree and I was imagining it in colour.  Checking out the orientation with the sun and how the light would affect it I decided to pay to a visit last evening for the final hour or so of daylight.  I was imagining how good it would look, all verdant and resplendent in it’s summer foliage, as the sun was sinking slowly down below the horizon in the west.  Not a breeze ruffling it’s canopy and in the sky behind I watched as the clouds turned golden and there was fog! am I the only one who drives 50 miles to drive into fog?? We photographers are really nuts you know!  We don’t see reality really and maybe that is the best part of all.

In the end when I got to my chosen location it wasn’t what I expected.  The light disappeared too early (because of the fog!) and left the leafy giant in the sullen shade.  I still shot it and I had a good walk around and found another pair of trees that are almost a substitute.  Thinking about what I wanted to show I decided that using the trees alone to show the seasons change would be too one-dimensional and that I needed some more seasonal markers like the use of the land, the weather and so on.  So I guess my quest continues for the perfect location!

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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4 Responses to Finding the prefect location.

  1. One day, one day. MM

  2. primaepoi says:

    It’s not so easy: tha’s a perfect moment! Good luck 🙂

  3. Wow ! It is amazing ! Good luck with photography !

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