I’m not a baseball fan by any standard.  But even I know who Yogi Berra was.  Yogi Berra was famous not only for his baseball career but his little tidbits of wisdom that came to be lovingly called yogism’s.  Little truths that while were obvious, were made clearer by the simplicity of vision he had on life.  So here is one that I want to examine.  “You can observe a lot just by watching”!

I recently went on a photoshoot with a small group.  A friend came to visit from Tennessee and there were a few of us that just had to get together with him.  It was an eclectic group, each having a unique creative style and take on their photography.

So as the day drew near and we all watched the weather, it wasn’t looking bad.  There was supposed to be some fog in the morning, which can be interesting in photography.  Then breaking and lifting to a fairly war and partly cloudy day for the middle of January in NE Pa.  Living the furthest away I got up and out the door and on my way.  I drove in and out of the rain all the way there.  Needless to say, it rained on and off all day long.

When we arrived, at our first spot, a tall stand of straight pine trees.  We all headed out in own directions seeking our prized images, in our individual styles and preferences.   But as the time passed a familiar thing happened, as has become the norm with this particular group of friends.  We touched base!  To see what each is getting and exchange how we did and what we did.  Then we head out again and apply some of what we just discussed with each other. 

It has proved a great learning instrument.  We watch each other, we ask questions of each other, we critique each other in the field, and make suggestions right there on the spot.  It’s a wonderful thing when you get close enough to people to be able to observe them and them you. 

On we went to the next location and the rain came.  We would wait in the car looking for a enough of the weather to get out and about to capture our images.  But none of us minded, because we were joined by our creative pursuits.  Sitting there talking photography, laughing, picking each other’s brains.  It’s wonderful.  So simply put, in photography observing is so much more than studying your subject.  It’s watching your peers.  Giving your attention to what those around you are doing.  Noticing if there is something that you are missing. 

So the question we should be asking ourselves is “how far does your observation go”?

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