Stock photography heightens your senses

posted on 15th of january, 2013

Stock photography and kids have one thing in common - they make you more aware of your surroundings. Some people talk about seeing the world through your children's eyes, but I actually find I'm pretty darn interested in the world all on my own - kids just add to that by having some else around who is amazed as well.

On the weekend two of my sons and I were at their cross country ski lessons and they noticed some big snowflakes on their jackets. I grabbed my (super handy and compact) Olympus OM-D, tiny 14mm pancake lens and a 10mm extension tube that I keep handy and started looking for interesting snowflakes on the window of the car. The tinted window made a nice background of black to offset the ice crystals and flakes. It is often tricky to find 'perfect' snowflakes as they don't always land flat, or there are too many piled up to get a shot of just one. But as the snow was starting, it didn't take long to get a closeup and show the kids. At first they were rolling their eyes as Dad took yet another photo - but when I showed them the stellar snowflake up close on the back of the camera they were suitably amazed!

I find that stock photography keeps me on my toes in terms of always being aware of both the big things around us and the tiny. There is definitely beauty all around us, even at the tiniest of levels...

Comments (15)

Posted by Lenutaidi on January 26, 2013
Cool...!Thanks for sharing!
Posted by Achilles on January 23, 2013
At first they were rolling their eyes as Dad took yet another photo True story :)
Posted by Hunor83 on January 23, 2013
Thanx for sharing!!!
Posted by Alvera on January 22, 2013
Driving and looking for "interesting snowflakes on the window of the car" is very dangerous. :-)
Posted by Iwhitwo on January 22, 2013
Well said Brad and cool snowflake image.
Posted by Peanutroaster on January 22, 2013
So true. It also give you a push to shoot more and be constantly scanning for images that you might have otherwise walked past.
Posted by Suyerry on January 22, 2013
So cool, great shot!
Posted by Egomezta on January 16, 2013
You're totally right... thanks for sharing.
Posted by Miraclemoments on January 16, 2013
Ditto Brad...I find myself looking for stock all over the place...still need a lot of practice but it sure does make you more aware of things around you.
Posted by Bradcalkins on January 16, 2013
Thanks Brett, Zenonk and Clearvista :)

@David - kids help force us to notice things we haven't paid attention to in a long time, but I agree that we can change our own minds and keep ourselves noticing ! Curiosity is one of the best character traits you can possess.
Posted by BCritchley on January 16, 2013
Really great capture Brad :)
Posted by Zenonk on January 16, 2013
Thanks for shearing
Posted by Davidwatmough on January 15, 2013
I also found soon after starting stock photography [ maybe before ] that everywhere lies beauty, and gives many many creative opportunities. Visiting the same place twice or three times or more is never boring............. only to dumb uneducated minds. David.
Posted by Elifranssens on January 15, 2013
Well said... and very true. You just get used to looking at everything around you all the time. In particular the light... how amazed I can be sometimes when the light is just so perfect.
Posted by Clearvista on January 15, 2013
Yes very true, I now notice a lot more than I used to, not just looking for the next "shot" but have got into the habit of opening my eyes. My wife says I am like an old crow, with my head bobbing in each direction as I proceed, I am sure it is a term of endearment. Fantastic shots of the snow flakes.

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