Nature in its Essence

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Today, I decided to take a hike at Calero Park in Santa Clara County. This park is only about 20 miles away from downtown San Jose, which is a lot closer than I expected. Very easy to access, except for the traffic during peak hours. Calero park has some amazing views and offers a pretty diverse wildlife.  The trails are very nice spanning across rolling hills and woodlands. This park is beautiful even despite it being over 85° F! If you decide to go, bring lots of water.

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As a photographer, I love taking pictures of beautiful landscapes because I think nature is beautiful. However, sometimes we have this perception of nature in its entirety– as a whole. We overlook the very details, the elements, and disorder that exists.

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We become so focused on “the big picture” we don’t pay attention to the little things. At the beginning of the hike, it was frustrating because of the bad lighting. I didn’t like dark shadows cast by the high sun. I didn’t like how everything looked dead and not colorful. I didn’t like how there weren’t any epic skies. I then realized that the big picture won’t always be perfect for photography. At times like this, one should pay attention to close detail because life doesn’t stop. Life doesn’t stop because it’s not perfect. There is always disorder, randomness, and no structure. There is only imperfection. If anything, perfection is only imperfection perfected.

And what I learned about being out here is simply summarized by this:_DSF2259

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Fujifilm X-Pro 1 + XF35mm F/1.4

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