The Eagle’s Lesson
Silently the eagle perches, determined and steadfast. His gaze never falters. In his stillness, he teaches.
I don’t know why some lessons take longer to absorb. The lesson: to slow down. To study one thing deeply.
Instead, too often, I find myself seeking the next photographic moment – the image to come, the one just out of reach. The photograph around the next corner, if only I hurry. That feeling of constantly being on the verge of missing something.
In fact, what I am missing is right in front of me.
What about this building, this view? What can I find if I simply stop and really look? If rather than skimming the surface and moving on, I hold still and look again?
On this day, on this photo walk, my subject was a single building – the historic Akron Post Office and Federal Building.
I fought the urge to head down the street after the first few frames. I stayed and kept looking.
I found the eagle – and more. I discovered, again, the value of stillness.
Texture Tuesday Processing (PS CC)
- Process Pioneer Woman Old West Action
- Process the CoffeeShop Blog Moody Pop Action. Delete the Vignette layer. Opacity=66%
- Add the Autumn Burst texture. Desaturate. Set blend mode to Overlay
Below is the original image, after RAW processing and perspective correction, and the Photoshop layers palette:
Linking with Texture Tuesday, hosted by Kim Klassen