My goal this year is to shoot 50 photographs a week. So far, I have been able to achieve, or even exceed, this goal. Even though we’re only about a month into the new year, I won’t say it has always been easy meeting this objective. In fact, I have considered lowering the number to 25 or 30 pictures a week, but I continue on. As this process continues to move forward, I find myself learning something from this endeavor – to stop and look, truly look, around. By doing that, I have begun to see opportunities I would not have seen before, and I am taking photographs of things I would not have photographed before.
This photograph of Heilman Cabin in Burns Park is an example of my stopping to see the possibilities. A month ago, I would not have slowed down, much less stopped, to photograph this old cabin. But today, I not only stopped to photograph it, but I had to go back to the location because I had missed it yesterday. Although I am finding the 50 photographs a week goal to be tougher than I thought it would be, I am also finding the challenge extremely enjoyable and fun.
A little trivia about the cabin itself. It is a one-room cabin built in 1849 by John Christian Heilman, who was one of the area’s earliest settlers. According to legend, the cabin was built from hand-hewn logs that had been salvaged from the first Arkansas Territorial Governor’s Mansion. I never would have known this if I hadn’t stopped to take the picture.
Settings: Canon 5D Mk II, 93mm, 1/100 sec., f/8