Back before I got clean and sober I was an out-going gregarious person who could talk to anyone at anytime, about anything. I really was quite the talker, but I was not a listener, not ever. I don’t recall ever really thinking about the other person in an interaction or conversation, I would have never tried to show empathy or adjust my message for my audience, and I know I didn’t look at how an interaction might affect someone other than me. I was all about me. I like to think that now, after 13+ years of practice, when I interact with others, that I’m engaged, interested, seeking a shared experience, a positive pleasant interaction and I hope I’m always listening with an open mind and heart. That change in my day-to-day interactions with others has completely changed my life.
On that note, I headed to Pearl Street Mall in Boulder, CO to capture today’s shot. It’s one of my favorite pedestrian malls anywhere and there is never a shortage of stories to be shared or subjects to be photographed. Today I was on a mission to work on my flower photography, practice macro techniques and focus on my composition and working on back-lighting. Well, I captured more than a few interesting and nice shots of a variety of blooms, but without a doubt, my favorite photo is of “Bill the Dog” who happens to be the companion of “Brad the Dad”. Bill and Brad were warm, engaging, welcoming and absolutely delightful to meet…
Today’s pic was captured on my 50mm lens using my Canon 60D set to Manual 1/1000s, f8.0, ISO 1600
“Tread softly, breathe peacefully, laugh hysterically…” Nelson Mandela