I feel pretty weird when people compliment my pictures, I usually say something along the lines of, “ah well the camera does most of the work, I just push a button.” But really, my camera only does all the work when its on Auto, right? I can only do so much, photographically, if I shoot on auto the rest of my life. I can’t curate beautiful images, I can only do as much as the default settings will let me. But if I take it off auto and tap into those other settings, that put control into my hands…then that is where creation happens and its life-giving. But, it took me a LONG time to figure out how to shoot fluidly on Manual mode. I started first with AP then SP, which are settings that control certain aspects of the image but still give you control over another…so I took baby steps. And I messed up all the time!!! Soooo many blurry images or cut off heads or over expose or under exposed images, but eventually you fall into a rhythm. You begin to notice small details in the image you’re capturing, your adjustments get finer and finer, you become able take in tons of external stimuli and make rapid calculations according to the habits you’ve learned along the way to process what you are looking at and experiencing all to create something beautiful. Then one day crafting beautiful images feels almost second nature. And listen there’s no perfect metaphor, but I think this is a lot like walking with Jesus…. and my brothers and sisters…..you weren’t created to be sleepwalkers on auto-pilot.