By going a little off-center, we start to see things that can enhance our view.
We open ourselves up to larger possibilities and opportunities.
Over the past few months, I’ve been dabbling with photography. Having fun, getting creative, learning, and further appreciating the environment around me. I understand more about textures and colors and the importance they play in the overall presentation of a particular photo.
Just this week, I shared some of my latest photos with a shutterbug friend of mine. She tutored me about shooting a scene off-center. That is, placing the focal point of the shot to the left or right. Such a view creates a more dynamic presentation. It helps move the eye and create interest.
I shot most of my photos, interestingly, with the subject dead center in the frame. The colors and textures created interest but after a few shots, I could see what she meant. There seemed to be a sameness. Something was missing.
As I played with the angles and perspectives, I had an AHA moment. By shifting the focus a little this way or that, the entire scene took on a renewed perspective. For instance, look at the photo below. With the rising sun off to the right, my eye went to a paddle board in the lower left and a ship on the horizon. Two pieces of the scene that I had earlier missed because I kept the sun dead center.
This got me thinking about how we can view our world. While a centered focus helps us zero in on the big part of the picture (a goal, for instance), we might miss those things just off to the side. Maybe these items provide color or a bit more texture. This additional information can be useful in understanding and appreciating the larger glory and story. By going a little off-center, we start to see things that can enhance our view. We open ourselves up to larger possibilities and opportunities.
Where can you shift your focus a bit to see a problem or a major decision from a different perspective? What little things might you be missing because you will not move the focal point? A little this way; a little that way. A bit more texture; a different hue. A clearer view. More mindful.
On what can you adjust your focus this week? Where can you go a bit off-center for a different—and perhaps—renewed perspective?
Video recommendation for the week:
The Heath brothers use the metaphor of shifting the spotlight to broaden the view of our world.
Make it an inspiring week and H.T.R.B. as needed.
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