Taking a Different Road

© 2013 Loren Zemlicka
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“People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they’re not on your road doesn’t mean they’ve gotten lost.”

– H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

A Thousand Ways to Turn and Only One Direction to Go

© 2012 Loren Zemlicka
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I was ready for a new experience.
All the old ones had burned out.

They lay in little ashy heaps along the roadside
And blew in drifts across the fairgrounds and fields.

From a distance some appeared to be smoldering
But when I approached with my hat in my hands

They let out small puffs of smoke and expired.
Through the windows of houses I saw lives lit up

With the otherworldly glow of TV
And these were smoking a little bit too.

I flew to Rome. I flew to Greece.
I sat on a rock in the shade of the Acropolis

And conjured dusky columns in the clouds.
I watched waves lap the crumbling coast.

I heard wind strip the woods.
I saw the last living snow leopard

Pacing in the dirt. Experience taught me
That nothing worth doing is worth doing

For the sake of experience alone.
I bit into an apple that tasted sweetly of time.

The sun came out. It was the old sun
With only a few billion years left to shine.

– Suzanne Buffman, “The New Experience”

Any Road Will Get You There

Canon EOS 5D
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM

“If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.”

– Lewis Carroll

On a Different Road

Canon EOS 5D
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM

“People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they’re not on your road doesn’t mean they’ve gotten lost.”

– H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

The Approaches

Canon EOS 5D
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM

Serenity is an Open Road

Canon EOS 5D
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM

Destination

When all’s said and done,
all roads lead to the same end.
So it’s not so much which road you take, as how you take it

– Charles de Lint
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I have to go back sometime and retry this shot, I’m not happy with it. It was too dark to go handheld but I couldn’t get close enough to the pavement with the tripod. The aperture is a little too fast for the distant features, especially with the hand-shake blur.

My original thought with this photo was to get down on my stomach and take the photo with the camera resting on the pavement. However, as I was laying down in the road, a car came speeding up over the top of the hill behind me. So, for safety’s sake, I decided not to try that particular shot. Instead, this was me crouched down as close as I could get to the pavement.

I’ve come to realize that advanced yoga techniques would come in handy for my photography. I often times find myself poised in precarious positions, stretched out trying to keep the camera as still as possible. I have horrible balance, so this becomes even more of a physical event. I’ll admit that certain shots have left me sore a couple days later.
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Canon EOS 5D
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM