New Life on the Rooftop

You know how common photo wisdom doesn’t always sink in? When I’m making photos, I often find myself forgetting important advice such as “Look up.” It’s so easy to scan everything at eye level or lower (especially when you’re tall like I am) to locate good scenes. So I now try to make a conscious act to slow down, run through a mental checklist of photographic advice, and not get so caught up in the moment that I forget the essentials. It’s surprisingly difficult.

I might have missed this moss- and fern-covered roof at Portland’s Chinese Garden if not for a raised walkway that put the roof closer to my eye level. But after I saw it, I had to capture it.

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