Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Screw Fear

Here is another shot I took while on my Sunday road trip. It was super cold and windy so I simply stopped the car and took this out of my opened window.
While writing in my journal this morning, a reoccurring thought found its way from pen to paper. I must get over my fear of looking ridiculous while carrying my camera. I regret not taking my new equipment into the coffee shop while visiting with my friend on Sunday. The whole time we were sitting there, I fought off the thought to run back out to the car to get it.  What is wrong with me?  (giggles) 
I have many regrets when it comes to shooting photos.  It's always the ones I see with my eyes but fear lifting my camera. Fear of some voice saying "what the hell do you see in that?" 
I will go to my grave with a shot in my mind that I didn't take when we were in Mexico City.  Three guys playing cards on the trunk of a taxi cab. It was the sweetest moment and I let fear prevent me from lifting my camera.
Screw fear.
love, susan


  1. Timely post! I just finished reading "Feel the Fear…and Do It Anyway" by Susan Jeffers. You are on the right track…dump that fear on its rear!

    I love the pictures you post, and enjoy following your journey!

    And, oh how I can relate to the "shots that got away"…

  2. Got to take the shots...for we will not remember sooner than we think.

  3. See? Intuition is your best friend. Practice not caring what others "might" think of you it becomes reality. Chances are good they might be thinking, "Wow. Wish I'd brought my camera with me too."

    Your missed photo op is a memory that will spur you to go for it from now on. I have a grand missed op as well. It happened over ten years ago, but I still think of it as if it happened yesterday. I asked my daughter to take the photo because I was too nervous--thought I could not do it well enough--and I learned something valuable: The opportunity was given as a gift. I refused it.

    I enjoy seeing the world through your eyes and words. Thank you.

    1. Thank you Limner! And BTW, thank you sooooo much for the 2014 postcard! I shall treasure it FOREVER! Your artwork has bloomed big-time!!! So many interesting things to see in the little postcard ... I keep it right here at my writing desk.

  4. I've been shooting for a long time, and I still feel that weirdness at times. Particularly when in a public space, during a festival or something along those lines. I try to rush through my shot and often that doesn't turn out well.

    Little by little, I'm getting over it. If I see a photo, I'm going to capture it - whether there's a crowd or even if someone else wonders what the heck I'm looking at!

    I sometimes wonder if this feeling (which none of my male photography friends seems to deal with) is because I'm female. Much like walking into a bar alone, I feel like all eyes are on me at times. So what if they are? Opportunities are fleeting. I need to take a deep breath and just do it.


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