I had the most fun out of our short Arizona trip at the Lower Antelope Canyon. Everywhere you look, there’s beauty surrounding you. I took about 500 pictures in this location alone. If it didn’t rain at the tail-end of our tour, I would probably easily have taken a few more photos.
Taking pictures at the Lower Antelope Canyon is a fun challenge because the underground canyon doesn’t allow for harsh lighting giving you a wonderful depiction of the sandstone that surrounds you.
The light was actually harsh this day since our tour was scheduled around 1pm. So whenever I take shots looking up, the sky is washed out although it was a nice clear blue sky that day. See original photo below:
Obviously, my night sky in my edited photo came from a stock photo. But before we talk about that, I want to explain to you what led to my adding the night sky there.
Throughout the whole tour, they were explaining that these rocks were formed from the water rummaging through the canyons and that the mere friction of the wind and water against the sandstones is responsible for these wonderful textures and formations. This particular formation in the photo is one of a woman and her long hair.
But for me, it looked like a woman who has her face covered by fabric. Moving and emerging forward even if she couldn’t see her way. Here’s a photo of my work mid-way through the editing process:
My previous post talked about my being stuck while trying to reach something unreachable. This post talks about my resolve to push through and taking action regardless of not having much direction on where I am going. I recently had a resolve to finally pick one of the things that I do and just be really good at that one thing. There’s graphic design, photography, web design, and marketing to choose from. I wanted to be an expert on something instead of knowing a lot of things but not everything about everything — which I admit is probably impossible to do in a lifetime. I struggled to pick just one. It broke my heart every time I made a decision.
And then I came across this article that talked about the differences between a pro and an amateur. The article struck me on several points: Pros don’t wait for clarity, they just take action. They don’t learn skills and be the best at that. Instead, they acquire skills that complement each other and work for what they’re doing and keep them moving on. But the eye-opener is that pros don’t “leap to their dreams”, they build a bridge. It tells me that whatever my dream is, it’s possible as long as I just keep doing what I love and be true to myself.
So like the night that is darkest before dawn, I added a night sky to this photo and named it Emanatus — latin for emanate. A metaphor for my ascent from who I was to who I am to become. Shedding my fears, and finally taking action.
Also published on Medium.