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Always Bring Your Camera

Statue and Flowers, Sanctuario de Guadalupe, Santa Fe, New Mexic

Here’s another fairly basic, but important, lesson of photography:  always have your camera with you.  You can’t capture an image if you don’t have a camera with which to photograph it.

On a recent trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico, I really had not intended to do any photography.  But when I travel these days, I feel a little under-equipped if I don’t have a camera with me, so I threw my camera bag and tripod in the back of my car, figuring it would just take up space until I returned home.

Well, sure enough, while walking around Santa Fe and not thinking particularly about photography, I happened to walk by the Sanctuario de Guadalupe and was struck by this scene.  I couldn’t help but take in the texture of the adobe, the flowing lines of the alcove, and the serene expression on the statue, and think that it would make a good image.  So, I grabbed my camera out of my hotel room not too far away and was able to capture the image in this post, “Statue and Flowers, Sanctuario de Guadalupe.”

I’ll admit, I don’t carry my camera gear with me everywhere I go.  But I’m getting better about taking it with me if there’s a possibility for photography, even if I think it’s unlikely.  Part of practicing photography is making the time and effort for it, and having your camera with you is a necessary and obvious prerequisite to making great images.

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