In the dining room of our hotel was a picture of this scene along with one other in B&W. I was drawn to both images and inspired to search them out. As we crested the top of the hill where this scene was, Peter, our guide, said to follow him. I had in my mind the two images and was not “seeing” this one at all. Rather than trust Peter, listen to him, AND slow down to allow myself to see, I chased after the image I had in my mind which was the other “sea stack” type image I saw in the dining room. As such, I did not get this shot. Instead I kept moving closer and closer to the big rock formation you see in the upper left of this image (see image below) thinking I would find what I remembered. The only problem was, what I was remembering was NOT here!!! It was at a different location. So, what is the moral of this story? If I had listened and trusted Peter I would have gotten the shot? Well, yes that is indeed true because the next day we went back just for ME to get the shot you see above. But that still isn’t the point of the story. The point is this, I fell prey to the very thing I teach others not to. I was focused on CHASING after an image rather that allowing one to come to me. I was so focused on finding what I thought I remembered I almost missed out. It is far better to slow down and allow images to come to you. Sure, its normal to have some idea of what you might want to photograph, but please be open to whatever is given to you. Allow other images to present themselves by being patient and being still.
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