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I have an infinitely narrow attention span.

There it is. My secret is out there. I just don’t do well with sitting in place for hours on end. Whether it’s watching TV, going to a baseball game, or in this case sitting at a NASCAR event, I begin losing focus and fidgeting within the first hour. It’s a problem that I’ve been trying to work on for a long time now because it even creeps up in long meetings at work. For some reason, though, I can process an image for hours without batting an eye… but that’s a topic to discuss in therapy. :)

Still, I was very appreciative to have the opportunity to attend a recent local NASCAR event thanks to my good friend, +Brian Bonham. His idea was to kick back, sit on some bleachers, and watch cars zoom by. I began worrying as soon as we parked our car. I knew that, despite being in great company, it would be a very long afternoon. And for the most part, it was. Shortly after the race began, I dove into that glassed-over trance. It’s an awful place to be whenever you’re trying to be creative and it’s really important to know how to get yourself out of it.

In this case, my muse appeared only when I started to fidget. I was sitting there, tripod and camera set up, when I started swinging the ballhead left and right. It was purely out of boredom. I’m not sure why it took me so long to see this but I noticed how my camera was swinging from left to right along with the racing cars that zipped by. It was at that moment that my muse smacked me in my face. I should be practicing my panning techniques!

The rest was history. I began experimenting and testing differente exposure settings, all with the goal of getting a great pan. I was totally back in the game! Ultimately, I walked away with some real keepers and it is all due to trying to find a way to get a grip on my boredom. It’s something that I strongly recommend you keep in the forefront of your mind when you fall into a similar pit.

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