“Laziness may appear attractive, but work gives satisfaction.” – Anne Frank
The other day I was riding my bike around Uptown Charlotte looking for things to photograph. While I was riding, I didn’t really see anything that caught my interest. I kept seeing the same old things, and I didn’t see anything worth stopping to photograph. I stopped at a fountain and practiced some long exposure shots. They turned out great. However, I wanted to capture something different. I was looking in my bag and saw my Nikon 55-200 mm lens. I realized I hadn’t used it in a while and decided to snap it on and see what happens. I rode a little further down to First Ward Park, and I rolled up to this flower bed. I started to snap some photos with my larger lens, and I noticed some bees flying around these flowers. With my smaller lens, I wouldn’t have been able to capture these close ups of the bees. I unstuck my photography game by simply switching to a different lens. I think for my next few bicycle rides I am going to use my larger lens, and see what other different perspectives I can find.
One of my favorite places to visit in Charlotte is First Ward Park. It is one of those few places in Charlotte where you can see most of the city’s skyline on the ground. It has a cool water feature, exercise equipment, and a huge field great for sports or just enjoying the day. A lot of times I will ride my bicycle here, lock it up, and just chill out just a cup of ice coffee. I typically bring my own iced coffee with me, but there is a great coffee shop right across the street that I like to stop by on occasion.
What are some things you do to get unstuck when going out to take pictures? Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.