When traveling and photographing various subjects, I like to spend a little time with a subject. It may be wildlife, architecture, landscapes, flowers, trees, etc. I enjoy observing the subject and thinking of various ways or angles to portray it. And, I guess you could say that in the process, I get to know the subject. A relaxed, slow approach can often inspire more creative results and a photograph usually means more to me if I learn a little about the subject.
I am reminded of the numerous times that I was totally involved with photographing a subject when, out of nowhere, a vehicle screeches to a halt, someone comes running by me, fires their point-and-shoot camera at point blank range, jumps back in the car, and practically burns rubber leaving. I am left in the whirlwind, completely dumbfounded, which brings me to the photo for today.
While traveling New Zealand last December, we drove past this historic looking hotel in Pleasant Point. It looked photo worthy. I currently have this photo as my computer wallpaper, which has given me time to study the details of the photo. I start to wonder why I did not take a look inside the hotel. There may have been an interesting lobby. There may have been some interesting history on the building if only I had taken the time to ask within. And, what the heck is the "bottle store" on the right? Bottle Store??
I realize I was guilty of being that same type of photographer that I abhor; you know, the whizz-bang, click and go type. I was too obsessed with getting from point A to point B in a reasonable amount of time that day. Experiences are more meaningful and memorable when you slow down to enjoy them. What did I miss?
On the other hand, maybe I didn't miss a thing!