I've always been told that I have an eye for photography. I didn't really get it. I mean, everyone sees what I see. How can they miss it? It's right there in front of us, begging to be photographed. I just pick up my camera and shoot it.
In the past year and a half, I've finally started to accept that "they" might be right. I've learned a few tricks and I've got a great camera, lenses, and filters. That must be what makes me stand out more than someone else. It wasn't until my last photography workshop that it really hit me. It was a small class, so we each got a chance to share our photos of the yard on the big screen. We go through my photos, one by one. Some are ok, some are good, some are even pretty cool and even a few were not exciting at all. I was one of the last people to share, and I noticed that not a single person there shot the same thing, the same way I did. Several of my photos were pretty unique. One photo stopped the instructor in his tracks. He said he'd be teaching photography at his home office for the past three years, and every single student had taken pictures of the globes in the yard. I was the very first person to ever take one from this particular perspective.
The funny thing is, it never occurred to me to shoot it from the side. It just seemed natural to shoot it straight down. I think it is finally, really sinking in. I don't see the world the way everyone else does. I truly do have a unique perspective. It brings me even more joy to share it with you.