* Song of the Day: The Zolas - Ancient Mars
About a year ago I bought a Nikon 1 - J3 ... used it only a couple times, and have gone back and forth since over selling it. I originally purchased it due to its compact size, and reviews stating the comparability to Nikon's bulkier DSLR. I took it for a trial run yesterday to see for myself.
I was quite surprised at the quality of this small DSLR; designed mostly as a point and shoot for convenience and portability. I shot similar photos previously with my D90, and they came out virtually the same. I'm now fully confident when going somewhere that doesn't involve multiple lens changing, I can take the petite Nikon 1 instead.
The lion's share of my photos illuminate the smaller snippets in life. For instance... the unnoticed beautiful Bell Symbol that no longer exist on the manhole beneath your feet, or the tiny hearts on the caps of vanilla bean bottles that add to it's packaging beauty most take for granted, and the glowing yellow of fresh lemons crated that color blind, and blind are regrettably unable to experience.
Bernard Shaw once said, " You use a glass mirror to see your face; you use works of art to see your soul."
I feel that I'm the manhole you walk on, the tiny hearts taken for granted, and the vibrancy of color that the seeing can witness but overlooks. I'm those tiny details in this world of big ideas, dreams, and love, disregarded. I've always taken my time to appreciate delicate things, and the unnoticed beauty within them. One day you'll look for me and I won't be here, but images of these little treasures will.
My advice: "Slow down your life; admire, appreciate, and embrace the simple and humble beauties everywhere around you." No one else can do that for you.