Let your camera open your eyes

by Rachel B Posted on June 20, 2011

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Your camera can help you discover the extraordinary.

Last weekend my husband and I took a day trip to a local winery, and before getting into the car I debated about whether or not to bring my camera. We already had photos of the winery taken by family members last year, so was it worth dragging the camera along?

Yes it was.

Taking photos of my day forced me to appreciate details I never would have noticed otherwise.

I shot a close up of the wine menu and discovered a new wine grape: Teroldego. Who knew?

I came across a local wildflower I’d never seen before, and discovered that a blossom doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful.

Check out this fern. I didn’t know they looked like this when they unfurled. I never would have seen it if I hadn’t been looking for cool nature shots.

I also learned that weeds are actually quite stunning.

I wasn’t just enjoying my day, I was creating my day. This ordinary outing had turned into something memorable and magical, all because my little camera helped me open my eyes.

What “usually ignored” details has your camera helped you discover? Let me know by commenting on this article.


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  1. conniee4 Says:

    Great article Rachel and its so true re the camera opening your eyes! I love looking at the world through my lens and showing people “the little things” they might miss!

  2. BarbaraJ Says:

    Rachel, I agree we see a new world through our lens. I love the fact we can create wonderful treasures for our own enjoyment. Great article.

  3. Joey Says:

    Oh my gosh, you weren’t going to bring your camera?? So glad you did! I love the shot of the menu with the new wine, and did you notice the flower has a cool spider web? NEAT! I also think weeds are so cool – especially the one you photographed. its always good to have our creative juices flowing. And you made you day to the winery, an unforgettable day! I love taking pictures of things people ordinarlly would not. Such as my niece’s hand full of sunscreen, or her hand full of sand. I like little details of things and people. That fern is so cool! Love this article and pictures!

  4. Joey Says:

    i forgot to add that this weekend i was taking pictures of the kids out on the jumping dock (not sure what its called), as i was flipping through the pictures, i saw this big bird flying right through Jack & Abby – he looks closer than he probably actually was and is out of focus as i was focusing on the kids. To my surprise I had a bird smack dab in the middle!!

  5. Earl J Says:

    “Creating Your Day” meant the most to me as I read and looked at your blog. I’m so glad I added a pocket-sized camera so I now have no excuse for not having a camera at my hand.

  6. AnnAbbott Says:

    I stuggle now with taking my camera. I dont know why, maybe to be with the family and enjoy them without any other things on my mind. But you have changed my mind….always keep the camera handy.

more about Rachel B

Thank you for visiting “Picture More”, Shutterfly's Community Blog. My name is Rachel, and I come from a long line of photo enthusiasts. My grandparents kept a large (and heavy!) collection of family photo albums in their living room, which my sister and I loved looking through. My mother continued the tradition by becoming a hobby photographer (phrases like “smile, “hold that pose” and “let me get my camera” were a constant part of our lives). Now my sister and I are avid camera fans. She takes beautiful pictures of her children, and I enjoy capturing the many far-away places my husband and I visit. What I love about Shutterfly is that it helps me turn my photos into meaningful keepsakes like photo books, calendars, and photo gifts (I love my coasters, posters, mug and mouse pad!). My memories are now a part of my everyday life, not living in a shoe box or hard drive. And what I love about "Picture More" is that it will help us get even more creative with our pictures. I'm excited to exchange ideas with all of you!

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