Unexpected Beauty

Today a friend of mine wanted a portrait taking for a society, and while I don’t normally do portraits, I thought I’d agree, just as an excuse to take my camera into uni. I’m glad I did, because not only did I get a great portrait, I also got this image of a tree on campus I’ve been wanting to shoot for a while.

Tree Across the Lake, 01 (Flickr).jpg
Tree Across the Lake, #01

The tree stands across a lake, with the harsh daytime sun glinting off the water, and a dark cloud hanging directly above. To be honest, I haven’t been great over the last few days, and that’s reflected slightly in my photography. Today was the first day in a while that I’ve come away with an image I love.

I should really take a camera into uni every day. I shoot mainly on a Canon Rebel SL1, which is small and light enough to carry around for a day, and I also own a Zenith EM, which I haven’t had a chance to shoot on yet. Of course, I always have my phone too, and while I’ve never shared any images from my phone on here, if it’s what I have on me, I see no reason why I can’t capture something beautiful with it.

I talk a lot about premeditation on here. I think it’s important to think about why you’re shooting every time you take the camera out, but equally, sometimes beauty comes to you at times when you’re not expecting it. That’s what happened today, and I’m glad I had my camera with me to capture it.


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