Five little words. Just five. I uttered them last week when I felt the need to photograph the full moon out back that was so incredibly beautiful.
The words? To see if I can.
It was nine o’clock at night. I sat out back with my camera hoisted on my tripod and tried different shutter speeds, iso settings and apertures. It was incredibly frustrating. But I kept on. I would stop and head into the house every once in awhile to take a break and re-group. I studied my owner’s manual; I went online to see if there was any information that might lead me in the right direction to capture that one perfect shot.
One site suggested I buy a telescope and adapter to get the best picture. I googled. $1500 and up. I made the practical decision to try to get the picture with the equipment I already possessed.
Back outside and tried a few suggestions I had found online. Manual focus, ISO 100, Aperture F11, Shutter speed 125 and lens set to infinity. (I shouted, “To infinity and beyond” to see if that would help.) With these settings in place at 11:53 pm I got the shots I wanted. 250 shots of the moon over 3 1/2 hours and I kept 7. But they were a good 7.
I had experienced an “to see if I can” moment. And even though it was sitting in my backyard shooting picture after picture of the beautiful full moon, I thought of something; when I was younger I had so many of those wonderful moments where I stepped outside my comfort zone and stretched the boundaries of my somewhat safe existence.
“Sure I can jump off that cliff into the water below.”
“Let’s climb up the steel trusses of the ranger tower.”
I won’t go into some of the other “to see if I can” moments of my life as some were just too stupid and I would prefer you all think of me as that “grown up” you all know and love.
These moments might change as we age, maybe they’re not as physically demanding. But that wonderful moment when you see that you can learn something new, conquer some fear or just step outside your comfort zone and try, well these moments are priceless.