Photography and Fitness

 

After much soul searching, I realized that to push my photography to the next level I need to get in better shape.  One of the things that blew my mind when IvoryHut and I took the boat trip with Rick Sammon was how physically fit Sammon is.    I mean you could bounce quarters of any part of that man.  I would just eat them.  

I took mental stock of what are some of the times I have lost out on the winning image…most have to deal with “I am too tired to go way over there” or “I just can’t bend the way I need to get this image” or my personal favorite “If I squat to get this I will either fart, pee in my pants or both.”  I have the power to change these to, “Let me just run over there for this one shot”, “Just two more inches to the right” and “look at this great shot I took from down below”.  

Admittedly, sorting out all the fun physical issues such as extreme GERD and finding out what caused it all in the first place…darn lactose; went a long way to bring me to this moment.  This  morning I went to my local Y and took my first class towards being a healthier and better photographer.  The class is called WillPOWER & Grace.  It’s meant to improve balance etc working major load baring joints and all 58 muscles in your feet…what is does is breaks you down to a limp pool of flesh that can only mutter “uncle” every other breath.  I was assured it make me stronger….notice I did not say it will get easier.

But I do this in pursuit of being a better photographer, person and live longer.

I will keep you posted.

Pray to what ever deity for me.

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10 thoughts on “Photography and Fitness

  1. Go for it, Shrewbie! You succeed at what you put your mind to, so I am sure you will do great. May I also recommend the Wii Fit? I got it for Christmas and it is a lot of fun. I know you love gadgets!

  2. Congratulations Shrew! I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” May every single step of your journey be blessed.

  3. Wait a minute…a class called “Will and Grace”? You’re just sitting around watching old movies and critiquing the wardrobes, aren’t you?!
    Kidding, I kid.
    Good for you, Shrew! Your photography is so good already, I can’t imagine what we’re in store for when you can walk those extra steps and bend without peeing.
    You go girl!

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