"You’ll never find a rainbow if you’re looking down"- Charlie Chaplin
Fall Photo Tips: Regarding WHEN to walk and shoot Wonder Photos this week, try to set out early or late in the day to avoid harsh shadows and bright spots. The fall season offers up some creamy and jubilant light displays, so open yourself up but try to avoid mid-day.
If you are fortunate enough to be surrounded by crispy leaves and vibrant colors where you live, try exploring on drives to find locations to walk, and if you can, carry a tripod. This will allow you to set a low ISO such as 100 and keep your Aperture size small to get detail from the entire landscape with f/16 or 22 if possible.
I read a great tip to pass forward, and that is, keep an eye out for streams, lakes, or any waterways that might reflect color back into your lens. The light of Fall is such a warm blanket. Wrap yourself up in it every week, and possibly create some images that are shareable or even frameable. But the most important mindfulness practices are to release any judgment as you meander, creating perfect pictures and exploring while letting those images come to you quickly and surprise you.
Another great tip that was a surprise to me, but quite right, is to leave your wide-angle lenses at home. Grab your long lenses, like the Nikon 70-200mm and get into the details. Frame tight and check out what getting close can do for your outcomes.
This mediation focus: As you walk, explore new areas and seek out the fall colors. Don’t be shy to trek up some local hills or not so local hills. See if you can surprise yourself with what you find.
Mindful Tool: As your mind wanders, bring it back to the sense of sight. There is plenty to focus on this season to allow your attention to softly gliding back to the space behind the eyes and outward. Watch yourself, watching the complete beautiful fall display that is there for you daily.
(Molly Jo Triplett is a photographer, certified mindfulness meditation teacher, nature lover & poet. Follow her this year as she posts inspired weekly walking photography meditations that will get you out of the house and into your creative spaces.)
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Disclosure: Mindful walks are taken at the discretion of the user. If you have any physical, mental or emotional health limitations, consult your physician before engaging in this activity.