Puddle Play. The benefits of NOT behaving like an “adult” in your creative life.

I am, in every practical way, an adult. As a creative, however, I indulge my inner child more than the average responsible grown person. There is a healthy balance there somewhere, I am sure. I am also certain that I have not achieved such equanimity yet, but I am still (kind of) young. I have learned, in my 47 years, that there needs to be an acceptance, at some level, of ones strengths and weaknesses. I am never going to have a well organized checkbook. Grown-up small talk still bores me to tears, and time, yes actual hours and minutes, still seems less a priority  to me than most my age.  I am still baffled at how we are so ruled by set points in the day. But, that’s probably a post for another time.

For all the things I don’t bring to the “adult” table, there are many things I supply with abundance. I have a passion for all things silly. Humor has always been an ally of mine. It aids in recalibrating my mood when the dark days appear, and if nothing else, provides a means for acceptance. There is, however, only so much acceptance the average artist can stomach. That is why the creative spark is such a life saver for me. For us artists, that is our super power; The area where all our supposed child-like qualities converge with our intellect, imagination and passion and are focused on our work.

The following photographs where little reminders to myself to play and have fun. I hope my puddle pictures provide you with inspiration.

Thanks for stopping by!

Shawn Pagels

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Urban Musings

Shooting Street Photography with my FujiFilm X-T20

I have recently been shooting quite a bit of street photography with my Fujifilm xT20. It’s small size and astonishingly gorgeous images make it one of my favorite cameras ever! Often, I have tried to lug one of my Nikon DSLRs hoping to capture the essence of the city, but I inevitably become a little self conscious with the big bulky gear in hand, and ultimately take little to no shots.

The X-T20 may be small, but it is loaded with features. Control setting such as Aperture, shutter speed, and ISO all have physical dials, and for me, that is awesome! I don’t have to navigate through menu settings to make adjustments. It’s a very satisfying experience to know that every setting you need to get the best capture is at your finger tips; Artistic flow happens.

Here are some examples I took in Seattle and Bellingham Washington recently using both Single shot and Continuous High Mode (Both have a physical settings) 🙂

If you have something you would like to see or learn about, let me know! I love helping other people achieve their creative goals in photography.

Happy Shooting!

Shawn Pagels

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