|It helps to be able to get close!|
June 14, 2012
My Fitness and My Photography
There is a noticeable difference in my photography when I am in shape and when I am not. Not only can I tell in my images, but I can tell in my enjoyment of capturing the image.
When I am not in shape, I am reluctant to drop what I'm doing, pull out all my equipment, set up the shot and actually enjoy the situation. When I am not in shape, I have to convince myself that it is worth the effort to climb or scramble to a different location for a better composition. I find myself looking for the easy shot instead of the best shot. I start to qualify scenes image as worthy or not of my effort. If it does not immediately look like a keeper, I'll forgo the shot and look for something better. I have learned over time that some of the best images came from moments that were not obvious. In my head, I say I am not as committed to photography as I should be, but that isn’t the case. When I am out of shape, I simply don’t have the energy to make the shot happen.
Am I the only one who experiences this? Has this ever happened to you?
When I am in shape, I can focus all my energy on the creative process. I can move around a scene and really get lost the imagery. I have recently found how helpful yoga can be for my photography. Many times I am contorting my body to get in just the right place for a perfect composition of a tiny flower. Since yoga focuses on balance and flexibility, I have found I am much more stable in these moments than I was before.
Exercise is beneficial mentally and physically, but also artistically. Time to hit the gym!