Photography Lesson Learned – Don’t Fight It, Just Succumb To It (It’s More Rewarding)!

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When you feel something, your mind and body are trying to tell you something. Listen. Don’t ignore. Today was just another reminder of that basic instinct that we so often and easily seem to lose touch with in our hyper-‘connected’ day and age. There were a few things going on that were weighing heavy a bit on my mind, and something just kept tugging at me saying, forget everything you’re doing right now and just go. Doesn’t matter where or what, just go. Get out of here.

Go!

But I had work to do, and I was on the clock, and so I kept pushing back…”No, no, you can’t just go. What are you thinking?” 

That practical, responsible nonsense went on for about an hour before I was too exhausted to fight it anymore and just gave in, figuring, if anything, at least it would shut my brain up for a minute. So I grabbed the new NX300 that Samsung put in my hands, jumped in my car, and headed the 12 miles through the canyon down to the coast.

I pulled off to the side of the road at Topanga Beach, stepped outside, and sat by the ocean for a while, watching an older couple try their luck with their fishing lines. My brain tried telling me I’m supposed to be making pictures, but, well, I wasn’t feeling it. I know I could have forced it, especially as one of them caught a fish and they were taking iPhone pictures of their prize together, but still, I just figured right now, I’m better off just marinating in this moment with no purpose other than to take it in and enjoy it. And that was that.

After about 15 minutes, I figured the sun’s about to set in an hour, I should find a nice place to sit down and soak it in, so I headed up Pacific Coast Highway away from the city, and just as the sun began making it’s decent over the horizon, I found myself in front of Pepperdine University, which, if you’ve ever seen it, sits right on a gorgeous grassy knoll overlooking the Pacific. As I was pulling up, a group of cars started to slow down and the first thought I had (and if you’re from LA you’ll immediately understand) was “Damnit, of course. Traffic!” So I looked up to see how far ahead of me it stretched, and, well, I didn’t find traffic. What I found caused me to pull over, throw park, grab my camera, and jump out of my car.

If I kept working, I would have never caught this. If I stayed and forced shots with the fisherman and woman, I would have never caught this. If I didn’t decide to give in to that tug at the gut, I would have never caught this. I simply just let go and succumbed to my feelings, and 15 miles up the coast, this is what they led me to – some of my favorite images from the past couple of months.

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12 thoughts on “Photography Lesson Learned – Don’t Fight It, Just Succumb To It (It’s More Rewarding)!

  1. These are a dream of such beauty that my eyes fill. The deer, the tree, the geese, the sunset, the ocean all that I love in Nature in one album. All you can convey emotionally from your heart is here……Thank you Wasim……s

    • ha! thank you so much Shonie!!! i was pretty insanely excited and surprised to see that and show up when i did. i couldn’t really contain myself, so i’m just glad that came through in the images. thank you again for your continued support and wonderful words Shonie!!

    • thank you so very much travelscapism! yeah, it’s tough to remind ourselves sometimes, but i can’t think of a single time i regret giving into a true gut feeling. thank you for your comment!

  2. You know, it’s not just about being fortuitous enough to be in the right place at the right time with the right equipment, it’s about having the skill to beautifully compose the shot at a moment’s notice, capture it with all the right settings, and finally to be generous enough to share that beauty and grace with the world. I feel like I could reach out and touch them. Well done and much appreciated Wasim!

  3. I enjoy the whole story of this , the almost mystical element , a wonderful co-creation and co-operation. To me the angels showed off so beautifully. and you co operated majestically….

    • So appreciated Shonie! Something was certainly pulling me in that direction and if they were indeed angels then I can only hope to have done them the justice they deserved. Thank you again!

    • Kimberly, thank you! Yes, I’m learning more and more as I try to navigate my way through this ‘life’ thing, and the more I just follow that gut, the more natural I begin to feel. And that puts me at ease. Thank you so much! Really glad you enjoyed them.

  4. Thank for sharing these awesome pictures Wasim. Truly beautiful in all ways. I’m so glad you decided to get out & drive up the coast. Nature is good for the soul anytime, the coast doubly so.

    • Are you kidding Donna? Absolutely my pleasure! And yes, you’re absolutely right. It’s the only thing really that I can always count on to cleanse the mind and put the soul at ease. Blessed to be able to not take it for granted! Thank you so much Donna.

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