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Cross the line?

ISO 64 4.28mm f/2.4 1/250sec

It’s funny, my feelings about posting this image are inline with the image itself. There seems to be a big wave of people posting pictures of their feet on flickr and other image posting sources and I did not want to fall into that category, because Im sure the last thing people want to see is a photo of my feet. However I do love this photo and the idea of the “lines” we cross on a daily basis. So I found myself asking do I “cross the line” into an area I was planning on avoiding and post the picture or toss it over into the recycle bin. Well I decided to be adventurous and post it anyways.

I had actually forgotten I had taken this picture. Like I posted the other day I’ve been trying to get more in the habit of shooting with my iPhone throughout the day. I was on my way into the grocery store and a moment of inspiration hit me, as it often does throughout the day. Which have you ever realized how abusive inspiration really is, it just hits you when you least expect it, no warning at all. sheesh. Anyways, Im looking down at the pavement thats covered with the remnants of melted snow that has been recently plowed away and Im walking over these cool yellow lines. I keep saying to myself “don’t you cross that line”.. step.. “oh yeah, better not cross this one”.. step.. while at the same time constantly looking up to make sure I wasn’t pulling a bugs bunny move on myself making me step off a cliff or something haha. Then it hit me, this is one of those times I should be shooting with the phone. At this point Im standing in traffic, and now Im looking down taking pictures of my feet and the line to be crossed. Needless to say the impatient shoppers were.. well impatient, so horns started to blare and I quickly bolted inside to get my shopping done and completely forget about my picture until uploading the pics later in the evening.

I do love the thought behind this photo, of the lines we choose to cross or not cross throughout the day, whether they be emotional, physical, spiritual, intellectual or all of the above. We come against so many decisions throughout the day, some we don’t even realize until we take time to look, like the yellow lines in this picture. I find a version of this saying coming up in my mind a lot lately. Im working on losing some weight, diving further into my religion, growing my business and relationship among other things and because of that I encounter so many lines throughout the day in which I decide whether or not to cross. There’s a fast food restaurant… do I cross that line and risk my diet/health? There’s a new training on photography or design.. do I cross that line. Some lines we need to cross are easy and thoughtless, others not so much. Some Im sure even scare us, we may not even want to look across the line because we don’t know what may be on the other side. Either way we find ourselves connecting with this image more than we realize.

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24 thoughts on “Cross the line?

  1. Brilliant! I love the thought process behind it all too.. thanks for sharing.

  2. Sometimes simple is simply good!

  3. Dan Miller on said:

    Cool photo, Nick. I like that you post the specs of your photos, even though I am not 100% on their meanings yet. Learning all of that now. Quick question though, do you edit all of your photos in photoshop before you post? They all look well done.

    • Mr. Dan Miller in the house! Hey man, I do use photoshop every once in a while but mostly I’ve been using Adobe Lightroom 3. I use the develop module and because I shoot in Raw I can really get creative with how my final image turns out. The cool thing is, if you don’t have lightroom 3, Adobe just released the Beta for Lightroom 4 and its absolutely free. Obviously with beta’s they’re still working out kinks, but I’ve played around with it a bit and haven’t had any issues. You can check it out over here. As far as not understanding the specs with aperture, shutter speed, ISO thats where we all start off. Ill tell you I went through so many different sources reading about it and watching videos, but it wasn’t until I seen Karl Taylor’s Introduction to photography course that I truly grasped the concept, for whatever reason. He offers a free training course over on his site that will give you a great head start into learning a whole deal of tips and techniques to improve your photography. Check his site out over here. And lastly Ill share two of my favorite weekly photography resources. The first being Kelby Training. They put on so many free shows in a week that you will be quickly on your way to understanding photography, you can check them out here. The other is a hilarious youtube Channel that does reviews, tutorials, and crazy off the wall shit that cracks me up. here. And there you have it haha.

      • Hi Nick. I really enjoy reading you posts. Just a little of humor and a lot of great photography. I love your creativity, refreshing and inspiring. I have not begun to use any editing software and was looking for some insight… So thanks for sharing your tips on Lightroom. Photoshop is a bit much for me now not only in price but also skill level. The YouTube videos have proved I am so not there yet. :). I am glad you stopped by by blog onelifethislife. I hope to continue to follow your work and draw from your inspiration and words of wisdom. Thanks so much for sharing.

        • Awesome Reply!! Thanks for your kind words! Yea photoshop can be a bit overwhelming at first, but I do suggest the investment. Theres been a number of times that I was able to save a favorite photo of mine that I would have otherwise tossed away. Im pretty picky when it comes to choosing my daily photo, so photoshop helps me save me from myself haha. But your right, right now I find myself using lightroom I would say 85% of the time. If you want to learn lightroom quickly and get some great tips and ideas I highly suggest Thanks again

  4. Very insightful post. I have the same challenge in working on my daily blog—trying not to follow the trends while also creating an original image. I’m also working to use my iPhone on a daily basis, and it’s been fun! I look forward to seeing more of your iPhone photos!

  5. I do like that photo. A lot! and you’re right inspirations is really abusive, especially when you’re in the middle of cooking… and after all you end up with a burned pan.
    btw, I love your philosophy behind that photo. very thoughtful.

    • Thanks Ewa! If your anything like me, and it sounds like you are, then a sacrificed pan of food is worth a great moment of inspiration. On the other hand your family may not feel the same way haha. Thanks for the comments.

  6. I enjoyed this post and picture. I myself are crossing many lines into the world of photography and fear was my number 1 reason I held off. This year like you, I want to start running again. An old hip injury has kept me off the pavement too long. I want to date, and start my life the way I want to live it. Thanks for deciding to post this!

  7. I have to confess to a ‘feet’ photo once or twice (actually it’s more!)…who cares what the crowd is or is not doing…do what you feel…love this shot and the processing is great

  8. Love this post and the idea of lines that we cross or don’t cross daily. Great photography, really enjoyed scrolling down through them!

  9. The title ‘Cross the line?’ just intensifies the visual impact of this photo.
    You don’t have to read the text to appreciate what the artist is trying to say.
    It’s almost a personal picture for everyone that views it – as you say – we all have countless lines to cross each day, and so it becomes a picture where the viewer can immediately identify with it. I’m glad you decided to post it.
    ( PS. I love how you word and describe ‘abusive inspiration’. So true! So, so true. )

    • Thanks so much! Its as if your saying this photo is well worth its “Thousand Words”, and I appreciate that. And yes the abusive inspiration is so true, it comes at you like a sack of bricks at times 🙂

  10. I share your ambivalence about feet shots but I like this one a lot and am glad you posted it. It perfectly illustrates your well-written and thought-provoking post. I really like the way you think and you express yourself very well.

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