I have been serious with Photography for about 5 years now attempting to learn as much as I can on a near daily basis. The drawback of this for me is that my position at Oklahoma City Community College doesn’t allow as much time for photography as I would wish. I do, however, get to refine my skills in Photoshop. Teaching the program helps in this refinement, but sitting on my butt for several hours a day makes the need for exercise extremely important.
Until the fall semester of 2011, I exercised very regularly to the tune of about 4 to 6 days a week. However, during that fall semester of 2011, I was short handed in my computer lab so the exercise schedule had to suffer. I went from 4 to 6 to almost no days per week. I gained about 25 pounds in 9 or so weeks. This was too much for me, but I should have known to cut down on my calorie intake since I had slacked on movement.
Once the Christmas break of 2011 came along, I got my larger butt back into the gym and have once again moved my exercise routine to all but one day of the week. Mostly I do Body Pump, Yoga, and Treadmill work. Some days I walk outside. Once I lose about 20 of those 25 pounds I will begin to train myself for a 5K on Thanksgiving Day. I know that doesn’t sound like much for those who have done this. I have competed in one in 2009. I walked most of it and came in next to last in my age group and third to last for males. I want to beat that, and don’t feel it will be too difficult to do. Now I will discuss the parallels to photography.
When I started back at the gym in December, it was extremely difficult both physically and emotionally. I was fat, out of shape, and felt like a total loser in comparison to all of the individuals in the classes. But now, I feel like I’m getting some place and making real progress. Yoga is especially perfect for this analogy. The instructor that I use is named Debbie. She explains everything in great detail and how we should “take our practice into our everyday life events.”
- · We should slow down to be more efficient.
- · Be aware of your limitations and don’t do more than you are capable of.
- · Always strive to reach the next level.
- · Compete with yourself always and don’t worry about what someone else is doing. You can’t control them anyway.
These are just a few of the lessons that I take from Yoga, but I was able to put them into photographical practice last night. I was able to photograph a high school basketball team in an extremely poorly lit gymnasium and wasn’t allowed to go away from the stands. I slowed my thought process down to make sure I had my settings right for the conditions. I shot at 3200 ISO, 2.8 f stop, and my camera turned down 2/3 stop to increase the shutter speed to freeze action. I did get a few decent shots even though they are pretty noisy.
Two years ago, I didn’t even know what turning down 2/3 stop even meant. Thank you Moose!