A Photoblog by Monte Stevens

A place for my photos and random thoughts

Have you ever forgot…

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Sunrise at

Sunrise at the Arapahoe Natural Area

…to bring something important on a photo shoot? I have and here’s my story. When the alarm clock broke me from my sleep I reach for the snooze button. Man, is it dark. Wonder if that’s because the suns not up yet? Once the annoying sound has been silenced, I rub my eyes hoping it will help them adjust to the darkness. I start to see the dim light coming through my bedroom window from the street light. My mind asks if I really want to crawl out of this warm bed on a cold October morning in hopes of a beautiful sunrise. But, the voice of passion within a photographer coaxes the body to get out of the bed at this early hour!

I dress and pack my gear in the car. Brrr, it is cold. Let’s get that car heater going. There is very little traffic as everyone else is still in bed.  Since I’m not driving very far and this is one of my favorite places I arrive in plenty of time. I find my parking spot in the small turnout along the dirt road, turn off the engine and step back out into the cold. I know I will have to walk down to the waters edge for the view I want and hopefully not get too wet from the tall grasses. I do love the quiet of these morning hours. Strangely, I’m not feeling the cold as much. Once I’m at the waters edge I set up my tripod and get ready to shoot. Wait a minute! No way! Yes, I did! I frantically look in this pocket of my bag and then in that pocket but it’s not there. Yep, I forgot to put my L-bracket on my camera and now I cannot place my camera on my tripod. S#@*!!!!

Frustrated and angry at myself, I sit down on the wet ground and stare at the horizon as the sun begins to rise. Look at the colors in those clouds! Their reflection in the water! This is awesome! My senses are waking up as I can hear the geese on the far side of the pond. I’m breathing slower and gently. The light breeze is gently lapping the water along the shoreline. I am realizing the calming beauty of nature is embracing my spirit. I’m enjoying all of this, the sights, the smells, the sounds and I’m not cold anymore. Once again,the voice inside of us that wants us to photograph speaks to me. It begs me to go ahead and shoot. “Why not? You’re here. Go ahead and hand hold that camera. Forget the tripod. Now is the time. So, pull up those knees, prop your elbows on top of the knees, take a breath and press the shutter. Lets’ see what you get.” So, I did.

Another lesson in learning to listen to the voice inside. And, that’s my story.


Written by Monte Stevens

September 12, 2009 at 12:01 am

4 Responses

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  1. Monte, listen to the voice! Great shot and story. If there was an movement introduced from being handheld it appears to have added to the effect. Genius is born when we have to improvise.


    September 12, 2009 at 7:08 am

  2. Great photograph and very true and nice story. There is something about being outside and waiting for the right shot………. and holding its hand.


    September 12, 2009 at 7:27 am

  3. It was worth it, it is a winner, nice job.


    September 12, 2009 at 11:10 am

  4. Beautiful Monte!


    September 20, 2009 at 8:09 am

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