Mechanical System-a system that manages the power of forces and movements to accomplish a task.

 I have always been fascinated  with mechanical things. Whether it be a vintage watch,  clock, or typewriter, I find that the inner workings are like of work of art with all the levers, gears, springs coming together to perform a task. That is one reason I like to collect and use vintage film cameras, there is something about adjusting for distance, aperture and shutter speed then cocking the shutter and look at the subject and take the image. It makes me slow down and see things a little differently.

 

Persistence-firm or obstinate continuance in a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition.

 

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While I was out walking I happened upon this fern growing out of a crack in a brick wall. It was thriving even though it had to overcome several obstacles just to survive. It was a reminder to me that in my photography I need to overcome daily obstacles to becoming a better photographer. While our obstacles may not be as severe as the ferns,  there are things we can to do to grow as photographers, maybe a class or workshop to learn something new or better our skills. Reread our camera manual again, most of today’s SLR’s  can do so much more than what we know. Maybe volunteer at your church, school or another nonprofit organization to take photos of their programs or other needs. Don’t give into the temptation that more or better camera equipment will make you a better photographer. Finally, I think the most important thing is just to get out and take photos.

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