20/10 vision

I enjoy seeing life through my camera lens. I like the way in which you can sometimes distance yourself from a situation, how you can focus on just what you want to see and blank out the rest.

One problem with hiding behind a lens, however, is that you don’t have peripheral vision while you’re peering through that viewfinder.

Last night we went to a restaurant owned by friends. The seating area opens into a courtyard which they had decorated beautifully for the New Year’s party that was about to start a bit later. “Come early and have a drink before the party starts,” they told us. Of course I saw that as a perfect opportunity to get some photos of the courtyard that had been transformed into an enchanted forest for the evening. But to make space for all the potted trees and plants that were imported for the occasion, they had to move that one little bench that I know is normally in another spot. And to get just the perfect shot I had to move (with camera firmly in front of my face) a bit to the right into that space where the little bench usually is not. But it was. And I tripped. And I fell. I held my camera up to protect it. But I knocked my 18-200 mm lens (my favourite!) against that #$% little bench.

My knee is very sore today.

My lens … well, I don’t want to talk about it. It hurts too much. Our friends said I must claim from their insurance.

It was their little bench, after all.

“Accidents happen,” my husband said in a soothing, sympathetic voice. “Not to me,” I snarled.

I’m limping. So is my pride.


I enjoy seeing life as a series of pictures. I like the way in which I can focus on what’s ahead of me – whether it’s a goal, a dream or a bird in a tree. But sometimes I focus on the wrong thing and miss the important little bits that go unnoticed in the periphery.

Forget telephoto or narrow views for a while. Focus all-round right here, right now. Enjoy the immediacy of the moment. Extra-wide angle. Be aware of those little benches and maybe even try to rest on one for a while.

That’s my vision for 2010.

And a new lens. 18-200 mm. And a macro. And a fish-eye. And a …

Happy new year!

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