It became more than just a old fence.

As we were visiting the bridges of Madison County, I spotted this old fence (see image below) off to the side guarding an old cottage from the "tourist" area. The entire fence was weathered, falling apart and covered with lichens. I setup my tripod holding a Canon 5D Mark IV, with a Tamron 90mm macro/closeup lens and slowly moved around and around. Taking dozens of images, some very closeup, some more laid back with larger sections of the fence in focus. It had been a long time since I concentrated on macro photography. What I discovered was not a beautiful image, not a masterpiece to blow up to put above my fireplace, but a simple reminder of why I like nature photography. It became more than just an old fence.

"I like to take pictures of lots of things: people-such as my nephews, my dogs, and just interesting objects that I see. For instance, I might take a picture of flowers by the side of the road, an old sign or a fence." Lacy Chabert

"People take photos to capture life moments. Moments of happiness, fun, friendship, etc. We would like those moments to last, to remember them and to share them with others. People take photos wherever they go and share them with their friends and families." Mahdi Lafram

"I think that what makes a photograph successful is subjective, but for me, the most important element is that it makes you feel something. What is it about a moment that moves you enough to capture it? A wave will never crash against the shore in the same way, my kids will only have one birthday celebration a year, and the light might never touch a person’s face like that again, and the camera is there to document and preserve that moment so that it can live and move you forever. Beauty and art are everywhere.

There are days you wish you could hold on to and with your camera, you can. I’m as interested in capturing our mundane routines as I am in capturing holidays and special events. Since I had my kids I feel acutely aware of how quickly time goes and in our increasingly busy lives it’s difficult to always be in the moment. Taking pictures helps you to hang on to those memories a little longer. Hardly anyone (except me, it seems) makes photo albums anymore but remember how you felt and how your smile spread across your face when you would hold those prints in your hand? We’re looking at pictures on our screens more than ever but the feeling of wanting to hold on to memories is still the same.

Our eyes can only see so much and teaching yourself how to use them (and to actually look) is a skill you can practice. Take your camera with you and use it. Some moments happen quickly but if you’ve trained your eye to see and capture, then you can keep up. I’m trying to look at everything and I’m getting better at seeing in the process.

There are images that can transport you to a different time and place. I love being able to express myself through my camera and use it as an extension of myself to tell stories that people want to hear and that I want to remember. Take your camera and take photos of everything from your lunch to the changing leaves of the season to your vacation to your family and friends. These are the images that tell your story." Monica Shulman

"To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the with the way you see them.” Elliott Erwitt

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