I Photograph PooP
Some people make it their mission to visit the most photogenic places on the planet to shoot landscapes. There are well known landscape photographers that I have no clue as to where they live. They are always in Death Valley, the Yukon, Zion Nattional Park, Banff, Jasper, etc. but will I ever see a photograph of where they live? There is something about the grass always being greener on the other side of the fence that applies here.
Nothing wrong with traveling to faraway and exotic places. Nothing at all. I think though that many mistakenly believe that being in the Tombstone Range in the Yukon or some similarly far away place will indeed push them over the top whatever that is. Or maybe it’s because those photos are much more popular and get the sought after “likes” and “faves”. Whatever.
Exotic for me yesterday was kneeling in a field of freshly spread manure taking in that fragrant aroma as a cool autumn wind pushed the clouds across the sky. Against the distant western horizon was a regal and magnificent pile of cow manure from the nearby dairy operation waiting to be spread. Clouds swirled around it as the do near the summit of Everest. Standing alone and dwarfing the flat prairie it dominated the landscape. 🙂 Maybe one day I would climb it I thought.
How did I end up here when I could have just as easily driven to the mountains? I know that if the light and weather is right, interesting photos can be taken almost anywhere. I have seen a gazillion poor pictures of Mount Rundle and Vermillion Lake in Banff that don’t deserve a second glance. Why? The shooter wasn’t aware of the light or the weather. Those are as or maybe MORE important than your subject. That is why I didn’t drive the 400 kilometers to take me to the “other” mountains.
I don’t usually venture far from home with my camera these days and had been by this poop filled field many times. Until yesterday the photograph never seemed to be there when passing by. It was always the buildings on the nearby dairy farm that caught my eye. Not so on this trip.
I do know that my dog was really curious about where I was when I got home. LOL Maybe next time I’ll take him with me.