I’m really looking forward to the weekend.
Idle Hands – taken while hiking yesterday
I’ve had a day or two to digest the, “I’m going to have another surgery,” concept.
I think, now that I’ve made my decision,
I’ll try to stay focused on all the things I want to do once my arm works better.
It doesn’t take the fear away.
But, I have to believe I’ll be more capable to do the things I love once it’s done.
I’m choosing to focus on THAT as much as possible.
I’m also busy making preparations for shooting New Zealand.
I have to make some adjustments due to my arm.
(For instance, instead of two professional camera bodies I’ll only be taking ONE. I’m also limiting my lenses as much as possible.)
I’m taking multiple arm/wrist/elbow braces with me which I’ll wear faithfully the entire trip.
I’ll be shooting a lot of locations within New Zealand, but I’m most excited about visiting Milford Sound.
I’ve wanted to photograph Milford Sound since I was a child.
I’m in awe of the natural beauty there, even though I’ve never seen it with my own eyes.
My trip to New Zealand will involve a lot of hiking and exercising and very “physical” photography.
(Honestly, that’s just my style of shooting. I *work* for my photos … I’m not a sit and shoot type of photographer.)
In preparation for what will be a very physically exhausting few weeks,
I’ve been concentrating on preparing my body for the trip.
It’s not much different than any other type of training ….
Lots of sleep, lean protein and veggies for food, lots of exercise, and –
Because I’ll be shooting nonstop, as much arm-rest as possible.
(I’m trying to get my pain
arm-inflammation to calm down as much as possible before I depart.)
I’m also taking lots of probiotics to build up my immune system, along with some basic vitamin supplements.
Of course, you know I love many different forms of art and creative expression.
I plan on keeping a travel journal as I make my way through New Zealand.
It’s such a little thing, but I look forward to documenting the experience of photographing New Zealand.
My paternal grandmother traveled all over the world after she was widowed.
New Zealand was a location she raved about.
Because of my grandmother’s love for New Zealand, my parents also made a trip there.
I’ll be the third generation in my family to make the trip.
For me, of course, it’s not just about the experience.
(Although, I’m very excited about the experience!)
For me, it’s a mission to capture beauty with my lens.