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