I find myself looking deeply into the tiny details of a given moment, I can easily get lost. I notice this happens when I have my camera near me as well. I don’t look at my surroundings in the same way. My thoughts go quiet, I actually hold my breath, I have no idea how much time has passed, how many photographs I have taken. Most of the time one or both of my sons have moved on, around a bend in the trail, it is almost always time to catch up when I finally look up.
There are good and bad things, as with most facets of ourselves, that come with looking and noticing the details.
I apologize for the lack of focus in this image. My son was hanging on my shoulder as I clicked away. We were on a hike together and he was wanting my direct attention so I only took this one photograph of this plant from far away. My intention in sharing this image is to showcase how hidden, small and insignificant these “weeds” are on the trail.
I happened to notice them because lately I have my eye out for black and white photographic opportunities. I thought this was a possible unique opportunity so I got down closer.
Just as I thought, there was beauty in the details
Inevitably when I was editing and processing this image I realized the small white puffs in the bottom right were distracting. So I cropped the image into a landscape as showcased at the top of this post.
I was so happy to see the stark contrast in the image once I turned it to monochrome. It was worthy, in my eyes, of Leanne Cole (I will add the link when the post is live, early afternoon) and Laura Macky’s Monochrome Madness challenge. Check out this week’s challenge entries here, there is always a stunning collection of monochrome images.