NOTE: This is something I did 3 years ago but in reading today's Gratitude prompt it's the first thing I thought of. I have left the text as it was. Some things don't change much.
HEART. I am grateful for my heart, both physically and emotionally.
I took another Assignment from +Jake Johnson last week (I'm a little late) and had ideas spinning around all over, tried to make a few of the shots I took while traveling work. While they would have worked paired with a written explanation they wouldn't have really conveyed my thoughts without any explanation.
Yesterday I struggled with my focus, motivation, feeling good about some things and the path I've chosen in my life at the moment. Instead of sitting and staring at my work emails and spreadsheets I just decided that I needed to get out, clear my head and go for a walk. I need to start walking/exercising more so why not start now! Of course, I took my camera and only my 70-300 lens.
My assignment was this: "If you had to teach the world one thing, what would you teach? Please show us in one image."
My first reaction was this: http://youtu.be/ib-Qiyklq-Q (showing my age, and now you're going to have this stuck in your head all day! But it's a great soundtrack for this image and assignment!)
Then after some thought, I had an idea to try to show people moving forward, moving on, putting their pasts behind them. Didn't quite work photographically without explanation.
On my walk yesterday around an old speedway racetrack that's been turned into a park I spotted this. There it is. Easy. Bam. How simple. *LOVE* I would like to teach the world LOVE.
Love is everywhere.
Love your family.
Love your friends.
Love your enemy.
Love those who have no love in their lives.
Love the earth (because we should and it was Earth Day yesterday)
Most of all - Learn to Love yourselves.
I don't often play with many of the editing tools in LR and when I do I don't usually keep them, I just play with them to see what they do. This time I decided that the heart carved in the tree, while really interesting on its own, could use a little color. So this shot was edited in LR4 & Color Efex Pro 4. The color of the heart was added in LR4.
So - today - go out and give it a try, LOVE