Bolt of Inspiration Series, Part Four (Time)

I received a wonderful gift recently – a DSLR camera. For the past few days I have been out and about – snapping images; experimenting with different camera settings; trying to figure out what constitutes the right ‘light’; maneuvering for angle and composition – all the while noticing details around me that I may not have paid attention to otherwise. Photographs have always inspired me and now more so, as I am slowly understanding the amount of effort, concentration and skill required to take a ‘wow’ photograph. More importantly though, I have gained a new appreciation for the quality of patience. As I have found out, not much can be achieved whilst rushing around with Learner Plates.

Enjoy Part Four of the series.

 “Travel can be one of the most rewarding forms of introspection.” Lawrence Durrell

Autumn Leaves in Brooklyn ~ Photograph by Marina Chetner

“The further one goes the less one knows.” Lao-Tzu

Chinatown, New York ~ Photograph by Matthew Goddard-Jones

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 “Experience, travel – these are as education in themselves.” Euripides

Al Kazimiyah Shrine, Baghdad ~ Photograph by Lynsey Addario

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“There is a third dimension to traveling, the longing for what is beyond.” Jan Myrdal

Hot Air Balloons, Tanzania ~ Photograph by James Wheeler

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“There is no moment of delight in any pilgrimage like the beginning of it.” Charles Dudley Warner

Sky Flock, Canada ~ Photograph by Karen McRae

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“Everywhere is walking distance if you have the time.” Stephen Wright

Street Scene, Kolkata ~ Photograph by Randy Olson

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“It doesn’t matter how slow you go, so long as you don’t stop.” Confucius

Balloon Vendor, Vietnam ~ Photograph by Michael Maher

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“People don’t take trips – trips take people.” John Steinbeck

Lychees, Vietnam ~ Photograph by Blake Bergen

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“The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.” Eden Phillpotts

Cleopatra Relief, Egypt ~ Photograph by George Steinmetz

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“Vision is not enough, it must be combined with venture. It is not enough to stare up the steps, we must step up the stairs.” Vaclav Havel

Terraced Rice Field, China ~ Photograph by Thierry Bornier

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“Everything you do can be done better from a place of relaxation.” Stephen C. Paul

Wallow: Baby Elephant in Mud ~ Louis © rights reserved

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“Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So… get on your way.” Dr. Seuss

Poya Festival, Sri Lanka ~ Photograph by Greg Elms

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58 thoughts on “Bolt of Inspiration Series, Part Four (Time)

  1. Another great series, enjoy the new camera, they help you slow down and enjoy the world. I think getting a good shot and catching a fish are very similar, they both require you to relax and have patiences….

  2. These are great Marina, I’m especially taken with the first two, the first one for it’s almost over exposure, it’s pure vividness and joy. And then the moody b&w reflection shot, which is so difficult to get right – which you did admirably! Very, very nicely done.

    • Hi! Thank you for your compliment about the first shot – that was taken by me and I am so glad you like it. The tree looked so perfect against the blue sky. The second (and the rest) I cannot take credit for. They are from various sources (I have credited the photographers and provided links for the sources). Thank you again – you’ve made my day!

  3. Hi Marina!
    Your Autumn leaves in Brooklyn is lovely. How exciting that you have a new DSLR! Can’t wait to see what you do with it.
    Thanks for including one of my pictures in your “inspiration” series. I am honoured to be included with so many amazing photographs

    • Hi Karen! Thank you so much for allowing me to use one of your images. It was perfect – such a beautiful capture. You’re an inspiration and I can’t wait to learn this new art and share my images. Thank you again 🙂

    • Thank you so much Helen! I do love those colours so I guess that’s what drew me to the tree. The yellow autumnal coloured leaves are my favourite. My camera has become a constant by my side.

  4. Hey! That’s so cool your starting to post some of your photos in these series 😀
    I was surprised with Thierry Bornier’s photo: it looks like a painting! Amazing!
    What about the image in the header of the blog, is it yours? I love it =)

    • Hi Ines! Thank you for looking through the images and yes, that’s my banner photo. So glad you love it!! I took it in Park Slope – a neighbourhood in Brooklyn known for its (multi) million dollar mansion brownstones. I was testing out aperture 🙂 I absolutely adore Thierry Bonnier’s photo – I have to go to see those rice fields. It even looks like a tapestry. Thanks again!

  5. Marina, so happy to see that you are out and about and enjoying your new toy! I’ve found a lot of photographic and travel inspiration from your post – the words of wisdom you shared here truly capture the essence of travel, and help to remind me how fortunate I am to be on sabbatical in Asia! Travel can be one of life’s greatest forms of education.

    • Thanks Tricia – I’m glad you liked the post. It’s fun to curate the images and quotes! You’re taking some great shots and learning so much at the same time – nothing can beat that!

  6. Enjoy the camera. I have a feeling great pictures will be forthcoming from you in the not too distant future. Don’t get too bogged down by all the technicalities. Remember what photographer Elliott Erwitt said: “Photography is simply a function of noticing things. Nothing more.”

    That quote adorns another of my web sites, You may care to check it out.

    In the meantime, just keep shooting with your camera. What did you get? Canon? Nikon? Of course the best camera is the one you have with you.

    • Thank you so much for your thoughtful comment. I appreciate it and I love that quote by Elliott Erwitt as I can relate to it. I’ll take a look at your website for sure. I received a Nikon D5000. 🙂

  7. Great post Marina! I hope you’ll enjoy the D5000. If you wan’t tips on Nikon lenses, I’m happy to help out! The autumn pic is really great! Already looking forward to your next one! Hope you have a happy weekend! 🙂

    • Thank you so much Pedro. I am really enjoying the camera and know I have alot to learn. I appreciate you allowing me to ask you re: Nikon tips – I may just have to 🙂 Have a great weekend also! (PS Thank you for the compliment about the autumn pic!)

    • Thank you Ana! I am so appreciative of your comment about my photo 🙂 I wanted to capture the beauty of autumn’s ‘yellow’ colour against the sky before the onset of winter. I’m glad you like the post!

  8. Great selection of images, travel is indeed inspiring, expands horizons and builds bridges, have fun with that new DSLR!

  9. Hi Marina! Nice selection of photos and Nice text one more time…You really inspire me!
    I like specially the last one and the birds from Canada…
    Un saludo desde España.

    • Thank you Eduardo! I am so glad you like the post as I find it inspiring also to put together. I included a link to the photo taken by Karen McRae. You must check out her work – it’s so amazing!. Here is the link for you: I will also go to your blog now to see your new pictures!

  10. My husband uses a DSLR and looooves it. When you get more into it you can look at renting lenses too. And patience is DEFINITELY a virtue with photography lol. Me and Maya have spent many, many, many, many patiently waiting for Josh to finish taking pictures. It’s always worth the wait though!

    • Thank you for your enthusiasm! I have come to realise this virtue – I do tend to rush-rush-rush! I am slowly coming to terms with patience 🙂 You’re lucky to share in the good fortune of viewing some great photos at the end of your waiting!

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