This past Saturday I decided to get out of my house and ride around Baton Rouge to see what all it had to offer in terms of photography. I started getting everything ready...camera's-check, extra batteries and memory cards-check, each lens I own-check, and this time my tripod. I loaded them all into my car and jumped into the passenger seat ready to be chauffeured around this city that I call home. My husband was the driver and we had no destination just camera equipment and a full tank of gas. We went thru parts of this city that I had never been before and parts of the city I knew. The travel difference this time was that I looked out the window as if I was riding thru the state I had never been to before. I looked with fresh new eyes so that I could see everything....good/bad, old/new. Didn't matter, if it caught my eye than it was worth taking a picture of.
I took pictures of an old abandoned building that will soon be remodeled. The look of it will be completely different but I will forever have a picture of what it originally looked like for years to come. I took pictures of ducks and ducklings fighting thru a crowd of other ducks for bread that was being thrown to them by little kids. I captured a picture of a beautiful tree in the lake that I never saw before. Funny I never saw it because I use to run around it three times a week last summer. My new eyes seemed to catch it and in the most beautiful way imaginable.
We took a left turn on a road not knowing where we would end up but hoping it would lead to something beautiful worth snapping along the way. We ran into a building that was weird looking but at the same time nice. Turns out it was a Temple for the Latter Day Saints. There was one other family in the parking lot as we pulled up. As I got out of my car to take a picture myself I noticed that the father had an iPhone and was trying to get his family and the Temple in the picture. I decided to offer my assistance to them and quickly grabbed his camera to snap a family picture for them. In chatting with them they shared they were on vacation and were just driving thru Baton Rouge on their way home. He said that it was a family tradition to take a picture of each Temple in each area they visit. At that point I decided to do something Nice for them and take a really nice picture with my camera. I mean I had all my equipment on me at the time so why not right. I emailed them the shots that I took and they were quite grateful.
Anyway, I got some really nice shots from that day. A few of my hubby, some of an abandoned old landmark, the cutest little ducks fighting for food, and I met a family that was just traveling thru. I'm so glad I packed up my camera that day and I'm so glad was able to get the pictures that got. Looking forward to another date to see what I can discover and see. There is so much beauty in this world and I am so glad that I am capturing it. Until next time.....