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'Windhorse' | Photo Breakdown

Updated: Sep 9, 2020

Dissecting an image to see what we can learn from it.

This self-existing energy is available for us all to transmute fear into light. Emanating from love itself, 'Windhorse' is the resource we can use to understand basic goodness in our world.

By Rodrigo Gaya



Camera: Fujifilm XT-2

Lens: Fujinon 23mm f/ 1.4r (35mm Equivalent)

Shutter: 1/80th

Aperture: f/1.8

ISO: 320

Megapixels: 24.0

Modify Date: 2020:07:09 11:05:15

Photographer: Rodrigo Gaya

Copyright: (c) 2020 Rodrigo Gaya / Gayaman Visual Studio

Every time I take my camera outside with me I find there's something new to appreciate, to love, to fear, to use as a guide. If you are open minded, focused on the present, there's always something new to photograph.

This day, a stormy afternoon, these clouds rolled in and caught my attention. The orange at the bottom of the frame from the sunset.

As always, I use very little to no editing on my images. If the moment didnt present something interesting, why add it in post? No worries, I'll keep searching.

This practice - this thesis of my photography, allows me to take chances, and learn, especially from failure. Which sums up perfectly the life of a professional freelance photographer. Expect to be rejected, learn from it, adapt, and move on.

I like to use fear as my guide. With an open mind and eye, you can let the moment guide your camera, something especially helpful in street photography.

On Another Note

In the Shambhala tradition, when you contact this 'Windhorse' energy, you can naturally let go of the chaos in daily life.

Shifting your perspective to a broader context allows you to separate your individual self from the chaos and impermanent nature of our reality.

Letting the past be in its place, and allow the present to guide your never-arriving future. Constant inhaling the moment, and exhaling the emotional charge to best process the next arriving moment.

Having this practice help guide me, has recently allowed me to fully process and let go, the devastating conclusion to a personal relationship.

TLDR: Taking a meditative, present focused approach to my photography has allowed me the confidence to know there will always be anew moment of magic to photograph. Allowing me to take chances every day, and to enjoy failing sometimes. As someone said, you miss 100% of the chances you dont take.

This approach has helped me mature emotionally and professionally. My studies and practice with my photographic profession has revealed that I can use fear is my guide, impermanence as a refresh, and chaos as an unending source of inspiration.

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