In this modern technological world it’s often hard to distinguish between fantasy and reality. I’m not complaining. I’m an artist and for me it’s all about creating something wonderful. My favorite movies and tv shows are the ones that take me into a world of colors and shapes that may not exist on this earthly plane. God bless artists and CGI technology. Sometimes what the camera sees is not exactly what the photographer’s eye sees. Nor can the camera ever duplicate the feeling that one gets while witnessing the awesome, ethereal beauty that surrounds us every moment we are in this physical world.
As I prepared for my journey back to Tennessee last week, I had the privilege to see the sunrise over the ocean again. I saw it for seven days and never was it the same. There may have been a different cloud formation, or no cloud at all. In our world of photographic tools we have something called HDR which stands for high dynamic range. Because the camera cannot process all the levels of light and dark in one single shot, photographers will take multiple shots using various exposures. This is called bracketing. I myself usually take three exposures, one over, one under, and one at the reading given through the camera itself. When we “process” these images in the computer they are basically stacked so that you get the best of each exposure. Voila, one dynamic photo. But on this day, as I was preparing to leave, I sat on the balcony with camera and coffee and waited. The photo above is not altered or enhanced in any way, no HDR here baby! This one was all Spirit, God, Universe, the Force, or whatever you choose to call it. It’s not a spectacular photographic achievement. People do it every day. But it is special if you realize that at that particular nano second, you, the camera, and the universe were one. Now, the trick is to realize that, every day, every moment, every lifetime, you are connected to that force. Today, take a moment to breathe and connect. You’ll be glad you did. Namaste.