Mario Dennis Photography

The traveler sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he has come to see. G.K. Chesterton

Patience is a Photographic Virtue

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Making Great Art

Here are the keys to photographic success:

  1. Buy an expensive DSLR.
  2. Roar up to a turnout near a scenic outlook.
  3. Thrust camera out of the window and take several frames.
  4. Drive off.
  5. Admire your work at home.

This really happened and I caught it entirely by accident. I was positioned at the Hurricane Point turnout just south of the Bixby Bridge in Big Sur, waiting for the light from the setting sun to get just right. My camera was mounted on my tripod and every few minutes I took a frame or two. Suddenly, a car drove up and the scene I just described unfolded. I swung around and captured it.

I don’t know what the woman’s hurry was. Maybe she was about to give birth. And, of course I don’t know how good her photos were. Maybe they were spectacular; more likely they were blurry because it was a low-light situation and she shot without support. Because of her haste, I know she could not appreciate the beauty below us in the few seconds she was there.

As I stood on the high bluff overlooking the rocky Big Sur coast I was able to enjoy the evening light falling on the blue Pacific water and the vista laid out before me. Now, when I look at the image above, I will not only enjoy the photo itself, I’ll be transported back to the hour I spent experiencing the landscape. Her memory will be much different.

For me, photography isn’t just about creating an image for my future enjoyment. It’s also a pathway to re-experiencing what I did to capture the image. I want to be recall the smells, sounds and the totality of the sensory experience when, years later, I gaze at it and remember how much I enjoyed creating it and the time I devoted to doing so.

What will she remember?

Author: Mario Dennis

I am a long-time photo hobbyist, and picked up my first camera (my mother's box camera) when I was in elementary school. I enjoy photographing landscapes, especially in California and the Southwest, including the Four Corners region of Arizona, Utah, New Mexico and Colorado. I also enjoy photographing historical reenactments, powwows, and local events. My favorite events are powwows, which are held throughout the warmer months in Virginia and the surrounding area. I am an organizer with the Richmond Photography Meetup Group. Please join us if you live in Central Virginia. I am also a moderator for the Lightroom Help Group on Facebook, and if you're a Lightroom user and Facebook member, you should check us out. All images © 2008-2017 Mario Dennis

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