“Reflective thinking turns experience into insight.” – John C. Maxwell.
Being reflective takes time. Not a lot of time, but you have set aside time to do it. If you don’t take the time to be reflect, then you do not take the opportunity to learn about past experiences. Reflection turns experiences into wisdom. The trick to making it work is setting aside the time to do it. For me it is first thing in the morning. I have a few minutes before after my kids leave for school, and I leave for work. I usually reflect on the day before, and think about the current day. This is my time to drink my coffee, read a little, and do some morning writing. I find that this is the best time to do this because it’s quiet, peaceful, and my mind is fresh. I tried doing it in the evenings, and it didn’t work out for me because I am usually too tired from the day to have real reflection. That’s what works best for me, but everyone else has to figure out what works for them.
Speaking of reflection, I was able to capture some pretty cool reflections at Marshall Park a few days ago with my camera. I used my ND filter by K&F Concepts in order to get the job done. Using the slower shutter speed not only created a cool effect with the fountain, but the landscape photos of the park turned out amazing. Using the slower shutter speed allowed more details to make it to the photo. The reflection was not as clear when I took it at a normal speed, but it came in perfectly when I had it set the exposure time to take 25 seconds. The best way to pull this off is to have a tripod and a remote. I used Amazon’s basic mini-tripod. I would use a larger one, but I didn’t want to carry it with me while I was riding my bicycle. I also used an Amazon basic remote. When taking slow shutter shots, it’s best to not touch the camera at all while it is taking the photo. Any slight movement will cause an issue. I did try using my phone as a camera remote. It takes so long to link up, and it has to be paired up every time you set up at a new location. It worked, but the remote is inexpensive, it sense just to use it.