The Devil is in the Details


Rise and Fall | Olympus C-5060

I was closing the gate yesterday when I noticed that the flowers in our garden were in full bloom. Just imagine, in a sea of green, there were spots of yellow, purple, lavender, pink, and red in different shapes and sizes. I grabbed my Olympus C-5060 and started taking pictures of the flowers. Determined to highlight the details of each flower, I decided to use my camera’s macro feature.

Here’s the thing: it’s been seven years since I last used that camera so it took a couple of epic fail photos before I managed to capture the photo above. The bud is smaller than my fingernail and I’m just happy that the details are visible.

I guess I also wanted to zero in on seeing beauty in adversity, rising after each fall, bouncing back, or simply… paying attention to the tiny details that we often neglect. The downside of social media is that it’s so quick to react and bash people since we’re given that venue to do so.

I believe it’s still important to take things with a grain of salt, pause, and research before channeling our inner keyboard warrior and saying things that will be screen capped at some point in the future.

No really, I just wanted to take pictures of the flowers.

The Garden

I’ll admit – there are days when I don’t want to do Project 365. It’s only been seven days but there are nights when I just want to sleep after dinner, but the thoughts about drifting off to la-la land would always be interrupted by that tiny voice inside my head that says “you promised you’ll finish this, why are you giving up now?” And of course no matter how hard I try to reason out and argue with that tiny voice I’d always end up doing it anyway, so here goes.

January Bloom | Canon 550D

Have you ever had one of those days where you feel like you don’t have anything to wear despite the n number of clothes you have in your closet? Well, today’s Project 365 felt like that. I had possible subjects, but for some reason the elements didn’t work. I decided to shoot anyway.

Patience | 550D

I managed to take this picture of Marley. He actually caught me, but he was too busy to care. He just stood there and watched the busy world outside our gate. The dogs were trying to play with him, but he was unfazed.

Text twist | Canon 550D

I also chanced upon these building blocks that were resting on our yoga ramp. I used to spell random words with these blocks when I was a kid. These blocks were then passed on to my younger brother when we were teaching him the alphabet. Sometimes I miss moments like that. These days we’re too “digital”, too busy swiping left and right on our mobile devices.

So there. I guess the key is to keep shooting. Even when you’re bored, even when you’re tired, and even when you feel like there is nothing to shoot, shoot. The elements that don’t seem to work just might, when you change your perspective.