Yesterday, cleaning up some files, another classic from years ago popped up. It's a shot of me and my daughter, Jaime, on a dive trip in Bonaire. And yes, I'm quite proud of the fact that somewhere around ten years of diving I learned how to blow smoke rings!
Stay with me though, because there's a relevant segue...
In diving, at the end of your dive, you always take a safety stop fifteen feet from the surface for at least five minutes. The reason? It's called off-gassing and allows the nitrogen in your system to dissipate. Usually, while hanging out on an anchor line, or some dive boats actually have a safety bar submerged at fifteen feet, you have this incredible time to just ponder the meaning of life.
For me, if I had a digital camera with me, I'd be looking at images. Other times, I'd just be thinking about my next dive. Depending on the trip, I might be thinking about what my dive buddy and I were going to do next.
Well, what if, after every shoot, you did your own version of a safety stop? It's the perfect time to think through if you got the images you want. Maybe it's a good time to just take a fast look at your camera settings. At another time, you might want to think through doing something you've never tried before in your composition or exposure.
The point is, while a safety stop in diving is very specifically intended to promote safe diving, it's also a mandatory break in the action, forcing you to just access what you're doing and clear your head. Or in my case, it was an opportunity to display a completely useless talent!
Wishing all of you a wonderful Sunday with family and friends - or it might just be your day for a safety stop and a chance to enjoy the luxury of just pondering!
Check out "Why?" one of the most popular features on the SCU Blog. It's a very simple concept - one image, one artist and one short sound bite. Each artist shares what makes the image one of their most favorite. We're over 100 artists featured since the project started. Click on the link above and you can scroll through all of the episodes to date.