The View Behind the Lens

I’ve always preferred to look at what’s in front of me — without the lens. No filters, no macros, trick shots or even obnoxious selfies; reality the way it is. It helps me to view the ‘real picture’ and not be bound by the perspective shown to me. Perspectives can be skewed. And largely depend on who’s showcasing it.

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Pong Dam – Himachal Pradesh, India.

“Buying a Nikon doesn’t make you a photographer. 

It makes you a Nikon owner.” 

– Author Unknown

But then, sometimes, I succumb to the madness. It’s hard to avoid clicking a photograph these days. They’ve made it that easy. It’s simple and it’s on your phone. You can try to take the high road, but eventually, will fail miserably — by falling prey to that thing in your hand.

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Zero Point – Sikkim, India.

“You don’t take a photograph.  You ask, quietly, to borrow it.” 

– Author Unknown

Here’s the thing about addiction. It’s addictive. You can get so lost in clicking snaps and the angles and the lighting and everything. Soon enough — you’ve forgotten the moment. When’s a good time to stop? When you notice — your finger is twitching faster than the camera can capture the image. It might seem like a good idea to put it all away. Breathe in the fresh air. Soak up the rugged terrain and etch it forever in your box of happy memories.

Check-out some of the the other entries for this week’s challenge here.

31 responses to “The View Behind the Lens

  1. Well put! That’s a good reminder to live the moment. As a viewer I’ve enjoyed getting immersed in your two scenes – thinking what it would be like to take in the view from the knoll looking across rugged terrain and I love that leading line in the second taking me on a journey through that grand mountain setting.

    • Thank you for your comment, Liz. The first scene was captured by me while Basil, my hubby, tried to figure his camera settings. The view was fantastic. With the Himalayan mountains in the backdrop and an artificial lake engulfing every visible inch of land. The second shot was captured by Basil. We were on a mountain top – at an altitude of 14,000 ft. 🙂

      • I thought as much! The region lies in India’s Himalayan belt. We love it for it’s isolation and gorgeous mountains. Few tourists or travellers venture here. Travelling can get difficult with the rise in altitude. I’ve always wanted to visit Austria. Someday, perhaps!

  2. So true! The pursuit of the perfect photo can be such a distraction from just living in the moment and enjoying the real life experience. It’s all about stopping to smell the roses, not photograph them lol. Having said that … These are fantastic photos!! 🙂

    • Thanks, Kim. Basil’s taken a temporary break from photography and I found myself going berserk – clicking every snap that I could. 🙂 Usually, it’s the other way round.

      • You’re welcome, Cheryl.

        Lol. I’m glad to hear I’m not the only one who gets carried away sometimes!
        I was just checking out your bucket list, what a great idea to include that on your blog. You’ve seen some wonderful places and it looks like you two have plenty of adventures still ahead of you! 🙂

      • Haha! We’re all equally guilty of indulging in obsessive photography. I must confess, we have even fallen victim to the ‘couple selfies’ trend. The results have been disastrous! 🙂 I hope we don’t lose out on our serious followers with that confession. 🙂
        I do hope we can get to see some of those wonderful places in our bucket list. It’s getting tougher to travel. Life just seems to constantly get in the way.

      • It really is getting more difficult to travel, isn’t it? I’m finding that as well. Just things keep coming up, plus the cost, plus trying to line up dates with a travel buddy. I have so many plans but actually executing them is getting harder! 🙂

      • I know. I tried not bring ‘age’ in the long list of things. 🙂 I’ve seen so many bloggers who are twice as old and don’t really let it get in the way. The cost is crazy. Add to it, almost every country has some sort of proxy war going on! We’re trying to stay stay ‘hopeful’.

      • Haha! Yeah, I’m not age is a deterrent. At least, I hope it never will be! The last couple of years I got in the pattern of taking two overseas trips each year, and while I’d love to keep that up – the money needs to come from somewhere lol 🙂
        I know what you mean about the conflict popping up in so many places. Makes it difficult to plan ahead when there’s instability like that.

  3. I so love this post! The quotes are truly marvelous, your photos are lovely and your comments are spot on!! I work hard to make sure I capture the beauty with my eyes and heart as well as with my camera. And you’re right, perspectives can definitely create a different impression than the actual scene. Great job on this one.

    • Thanks for making our day, Tina! 🙂 I rarely get behind the lens. I’m lucky to have Basil doing all the hard work. Sometimes, when he’s on a break, I try to double as the photographer. It’s not easy. 🙂 Have a good week and thank you for your generous praise.

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  5. I agree. There have been many times when I chose not to take any photos. Just wanted to soak in the moment and enjoy it. And yeah, selfies is really not my thing. I’m OK with people taking selfies but not because they want to take photos of themselves ALL the time and the constant quest of looking good . When I see that, I feel like snatching the phone away and smack it on their heads! 😉

    • Haha! Wow! Kat, those are some strong feelings. I’ve had similar thoughts on countless occasions. I’m not sure, though, how I did manage to restrain myself. The best way is to look away. That works. Maybe, it’s a phase. Narcissism may die down eventually. 🙂

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