You're probably smirking after reading the title of this column. Admittedly, keeping your camera with you is an incredibly obvious piece of advice. However, its the rule I break most often.
I can't tell you how many memorable views or gorgeous sunsets I've missed capturing because I didn't have my camera. I absolutely hate the feeling of missing a beautiful, fleeting moment that could have been captured and shared with others.
The most gifted photographers 'create' images. They transform very routine subjects into stunning photographic art through their knowledge of the camera and artistic vision.
Sadly, that's not me. At least, not yet. I'm simply one who 'sees' photographs as they present themselves in the world around me.
The photo below, "Beneath the Towering Trees", is a great example of the moments that can be captured if you keep your camera with you.
I was driving into the small rural town of Worthing, SD for a meeting one evening. I had just entered town and casually glanced out the car window to my left. I wasn't out on a photo shoot. In fact, I wasn't even thinking about photography. However, I immediately 'saw' the photo I wanted the moment that I observed the scene.
I swung the car around the block and parked. A few minutes is all I needed to capture this beautiful fall moment. However, it would have been missed if I had not gone to the trouble of putting the camera in the car.
You'll find beauty all around you if you take the time to look for it. However, its important to keep your camera with you because beauty will often appear when you least expect it.