Putting your best foot forward, even mother nature has makeup

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This going to be a short and quick post.

I sometimes wonder if I have some kind of as of yet undiagnosed Attention Deficit Order. I simply cannot spend too much composing, planning, processing or even thinking about what I am doing let alone what I have done in the past.

Simply put, landscape photography can be as simple as you want to make it and I make it really, really simple. When I am in my for lack of a better word, “zone” pictures pop out at me everywhere.

I sometimes envoy those photographers that can stand in one place for hours on end to photograph star trails. Being outdoors for that long and only coming away with one photo? I dunno how they do it but I admire them for being able to do it.

When taking photos, my eyes are always scanning the horizon, framing and composing in my mind. If something clicks, I stop on the side of the road and often have a half dozen DIFFERENT photos within the space of a few minutes. Would my photos be any better if I took longer and deliberately thought out and planned purposefully what I was doing? I will probably never know because while planning for one shot another three pop into my head and just as quickly they disappear.

That short attention span and almost immediately forgetting what I have taken pictures is what brings me here today.  We had a huge dump of snow around Edmonton today. Finally.

Now at long last it looks like winter and my back knows it from shovelling 25 plus centimetres of heavy snow from our long double driveway.

A few years ago I awoke to one of those special days when everything and I mean EVERYTHING looked like a photo to me. The photo at the top of this post is one that had completely escaped my memory and upon seeing it, looked as new to me as the day I took it.

When we’re young and looking to impress others with our good looks in the hopes of getting a date or impressing someone we dress up, comb our hair or get it done, splash on cologne or perfume and for the ladies put on makeup.

The photo above is an example of my backyard going on a date. It doesn’t always look like this but with a little polish and shine from mother nature, WHAM!

What I am trying to get across is how light and weather really can make any place on earth look special. Start following the forecasts closely. Watch the sky. Pay attention to the humidity. Whether it be hot or cold, high humidity and low winds always make for special times.

On the night this snowfall came it also deposited a heavy hoar frost. An unusual combination and what was needed was for there to be no wind to blow of the delicate sparkles from everything.

Mother nature can be your best friend when she decides to put her best foot forward for you.

Happy shooting,



~ by Dan Jurak on January 26, 2018.

4 Responses to “Putting your best foot forward, even mother nature has makeup”

  1. I get the attention deficit thing. I discovered that listening to music on my phone and wireless headphones can help focus my mind.

    > When taking photos, my eyes are always scanning the horizon, framing and composing in my mind. If something clicks, I stop on the side of the road and often have a half dozen DIFFERENT photos within the space of a few minutes.

    That’s the one thing that frustrates me where I live. I see these beautiful scenes on my way to and from the office or while driving around town but narrow-one-lane-ditch-on-the-side country roads don’t allow for stopping and we don’t have any sidewalks here either.

    It can be a strange site for other motorist watching a car slow-down and stop briefly while the driver rolls down the window and stick out a DSLR camera and lens. It works only when traffic is light.

  2. That’s good to hear that works for you. I am not sure if it is a good thing or bad thing to have, the ADD or possible ADD but I have learned how make the most of how my mind works. I think that each of us can have different but successful ways of doing that.

    Thank you for visiting and commenting,

  3. I was so excited to see the snow come because it would bring a sense of wonder to the environment and haven’t been out because I have been sick-this might give me the push I need-with or without my make-up because I know Mother Nature will be dressed to go-ha ha, I loved that line!

  4. Haha Jane. I am too old to be thinking about putting on my make-up anymore. 🙂 It is very pretty outside now before the wind blows the snow from the branches.

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