Practice makes perfect
Last night, I explored a local community festival called Celebrate Roanoke. I decided this would be a great opportunity to take out my camera and practice some night photography.
Celebrate Roanoke is a popular annual event in downtown Roanoke, Texas.
It was a gorgeous day for an outdoor festival and the place was packed full of people and fun. And by fun, I mean:
- food booths
- unique boutiques
- fireworks (I missed this somehow)
- puppet shows
- bounce houses
- live music
- gunfights (historic reenactments)
It all takes place on the main drag in Roanoke – which is Oak Street.
There was so much going on, I found it a little challenging to find a suitable photography subject. I actually started getting a little frustrated by it.
Now, I should point out I’m an introvert and, if you know about introverts, we tend to find crowds energy draining.
So, I walked the entire length of Oak Street looking for a good shot and wasn’t coming up with anything.
It was time to test the meditation and mindfulness stuff I talk about on the show.
Miracle on Oak Street
I slowed down, took some deep breaths, relaxed, centered myself, and got into the moment.
It started getting darker when I finally noticed it – the pretzel stand. The stand has an old-school state fair look I really like and lots of light.
I took my time and tried a few shooting angles until I found a couple I really liked. Now, all I had to do was look through the viewfinder and snap away.
I’m pretty happy with the results.
Later, on the way back to my car, I snapped a picture of a food vendor with the Babe’s Chicken House sign in the background.
That makes two interesting subjects for my night photography exploration.
I wasn’t expecting mindfulness to help me out with my pictures, but it came to the rescue. You never know where or when it will come in handy.
Lesson learned and I can’t wait until next year’s celebration.
Have you found something interesting or fun to explore?
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