Motivation is a photography blog that discusses the creative aspects of photography. The posts will include thoughts about images and their interpretation, photographers and their work, technique, workflow, my ongoing projects, and perhaps even the occasional off topic rant.

You Just Never Know What You Might Find

I think it is interesting that no matter where you go with a camera you can always be surprised by seeing the unexpected.  Perhaps that is because when you are out with the purpose of making photographs you are in the mindset to look and see deeper and use a visual process that is different from your everyday one. Case in point.  I wasn't really sure where I wanted to go two weeks ago to try to make images.  I ended up telling myself I would take a quick trip through a very large cemetery not too far from my home.  I had been there before and frequently found some interesting headstones.  There is also a small pond and a large willow tree there.  But the pond is artificial and things grow pretty wild in it, so I didn't expect to find much at that location.

I guess I was never there at this time of year before, because the pond was filled to the brim with water lilies.  In fact, there were so many growing every which way that it wasn't particularly photogenic.  I thought things might be simplified if I photographed an isolated one close up, but they were seemingly all too far away from the shore for that. So I took a walk around the pond and found one, only one, that was close enough for me to take its portrait:

Lotus Blossom

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You just never know what you are going to run across when making photographs is your main objective.  And I think that is part of the joy of photography!