Break the Rules with Flare
I’ve been told to avoid lens flare; that it mars good form in photography. Rules, however, are meant to be broken. At least that’s another thing I learnt. For instance, strictly sticking to the rule of thirds can get old pretty quickly. Just be sure that there’s a reason for your creative choice.
Since photography is first and foremost about capturing light, sometimes that flare is what adds that spark of magic. Here it perfectly conveys what I felt at Derborence. That day I was overwhelmingly thankful that I hadn’t allowed fear to deter me from embarking on my travels.
Your Perspective Matters
My most important take-away: stay true to your perspective. Every person sees things differently. Even if they stand in the same position, they’ll never experience a moment exactly the same as you.
Never has this difference in perspective been clearer to me than when I showed my photos of Valais to my hosts. They were quiet for some time before speaking, “Thank you! Thank you for showing us Valais through your eyes.” They were amazed to find I still managed to capture things they hadn’t noticed before.
Interestingly, they were also glad to be reminded just how beautiful their surroundings are. They did know and appreciate the vastness of nature. Still, they saw the freshness in my perspective that had worn thinner in theirs over the years.