I Feel Giddy
It is a simple case of lens flare – the sun and lens optics conspiring together to create a starburst of light.
And yet, as I look at this image, I feel a childish delight; a kick-up-my-heels kind of giddiness, a feeling completely out of proportion to the quality of this image.
Silly, I know. It isn’t as if lens flare is a totally new concept for me. I have my share of such images in my archive. But none with this extreme starburst effect – a function of my new camera’s ability to stop down to a much narrower aperture than was available to me in the past.
For me, this image bears witness to my growth as I struggle to master new equipment and new photographic concepts. Evidence that my Olympus PEN and I are reaching an understanding – perhaps even on our way to a solid partnership. That this decision to upgrade was the right one at the right time in my creative journey. That the frustrations and failures and “I-forgot-to-change-the-settings” photographs are all necessary steps to the mini-triumphs like this one.
I’m sure you understand – that you all have remembered giddy moments marking your own mastery and growth.
It feel good, doesn’t it?
Linking with the May edition of the Photo-Heart Connection, hosted by Kat Sloma
On Tuesday, I recommended a tutorial by Mark Johnson. I didn’t realize that the upgrade to his site involved converting to a subscription-only plan. If you are interested in learning more about Adobe Paper Textures Pro, check out this link from Adobe.