Trying to Slow Down

“Slow living is about intention, spending more time on things that are important and less on things that aren’t.” – Brooke McAlary.

Before the pandemic started my days were usually jam packed. It wasn’t just the weekdays either. The weekends were busy from start to finish. I didn’t have many moments to pause, slow down, or just rest. I never realized how exhausted I was in one week and not taking any time for myself. When everything closed on March 13, 2020, everything just slowed completely down. I wasn’t going from place to place all day. Truth be told, I wasn’t going anywhere. Schools were closed, most businesses were shut down, and the only really open at the time was Walmart. During that time, I realized that I had too much going on at one time, and I needed to slow down in some areas. Since things have been starting to open back up in the last few years, I have slowly added more things to my life. I am not in any hurry to be as busy as I was before.

Speaking of slowing down, one thing I have been working on in the last few months is taking photos with a slower shutter speed. Some have turned out pretty cool, while others I can tell I still need to practice a little bit more. I took these photos at Romare Bearden Park in Uptown Charlotte, North Carolina. These shots turned out okay in my mind. While they are not my favorite, they are an example of how I am trying to grow more as a photographer. I did some research and saw that I needed to invest in a Neutral Density Filter. Click here to learn more about it. This one I found by K&F concepts seemed to be one of the best ones. I haven’t had a chance to practice with it yet. Hopefully it will get a little warmer out for me to be able to. If you decide to get one, make sure you check your lens size first. This is my photography goal for this year.

4 replies to “Trying to Slow Down

  1. I bought K&F ND filters last year and enjoy experimenting with them. I decided against the variable one but I forget why. I might have read that they are more likely to vignette the image than if you use the fixed ones. I’d have to look it up again. Looking forward to more of your long exposure shots!

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  2. The oblique views with a wide range of distances are my favorites.

    Big on natural light, I often use slow shutter speeds.  On a good day, I can still sometimes get sharp hand-held shots at 1/20 sec.  Not as often as when I was young, but often enough to merit a try, now that the cost of analog film is just a bad memory.

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