It’s always good to have your camera with you. This is something I’ll probably be mentioning from time to time here. You never know when you’ll run across a scene that you’ll want to photograph, and sometimes this even comes in the form of a place you pass on a daily basis. This shrine is a local one in my town in Matsudo, and I pass it regularly on my way to and from my train station. Most of the time I don’t take photos or even look much in the direction of it, but every now and then there’s a great scene that I want to capture. Now since this is not too far from my house, I could head home, grab my camera, and come back. But by that time the light would be different, the clouds would be different, and a gust of wind could spread the leaves all over the place. Not to mention, by the time I get home I might not feel like heading back especially with the chance it won’t be worth it. But, since I happened to have my camera in my bag with me and the timing was right, I was able to take this. I’ve got a lot of these kinds of photos. I’ve even sold some of them. So as a rule of thumb, having your camera with you is a good thing.

That said, don’t get to obsessed. As a husband and father, I think it’s good sometimes to leave everything at home and just give your intention to those you love – and not through the lens of your camera.

Camera: Nikon D7000
Lens: Tokina 11-16mm
Shot Info: f/9 | 1/15sec | ISO500 | 13mm

Photo of Japanese Shrine

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