Let Our Music Out

Each of us is born with talents, and regardless of what they may be, it is important to let our music out. Our music is how we resonate with the world around us. It is the gift that we can give to others. To help make this spinning orb a little bit better. Even if only for a fleeting moment or two.

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Olympus OMD-E-M1X + M.Zuiko 60 mm f/2.8 macro, f/5, 1/50, ISO-1250, subject distance 610 mm, handheld focus stacking used, out-of-camera jpeg adjusted in post

Some of us may have abilities to create things that are artistic forms of expression. Music. Song. Writing. Photography. Painting, Sculpture… and more.

Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 12-40 mm f/2.8 @ 40 mm, efov 80 mm, f/2.8, 1/6, ISO-1250, subject distance 1.1 metres

Others of us may have talents that allow us to use our hands to build, create, and repair. Our music may be our ability to work with electricity. Or plumbing. Or wood. Or things mechanical.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 10-100 mm f/4-5.6 @ 12.1 mm, efov 32.7 mm, f/7.1, 1/640, ISO-800

Our music may be found in providing service to others. Transporting them physically. Or by transporting them mentally by sharing information and perspectives. Perhaps helping to solve problems with them.

Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 12-100 f/4 IS @ 24 mm, efov 48 mm, f/5.6, 4 sec, ISO-200

Our music may play when we celebrate history and culture. When we help document and sustain things from the past. The importance of what others created before us. How they overcame obstacles in their environment.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 10-100 mm f/4-5.6 @ 10 mm, efov 27 mm, f/8, 1/160, ISO-200

Our music may ring loudly when we work to preserve and restore. Whether that be a building. A bridge. A piece of furniture. A cracked vase.

Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko 60 mm f/2.8 macro, efov 120 mm, f/8, 1/15, ISO-800

Our music may taste wonderful. It may manifest itself in our abilities to cook. To bake.

Cabra Castle Ireland, Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 10-100 mm f/4-5.6 @ 87 mm, efov 235 mm, f/5.6, 1/60, ISO-800

We may feel our music when we help things grow. When we nurture them so their natural beauty can be appreciated.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 10-100 mm f/4-5.6 @ 10 mm, efov 27 mm, f/5.6, 1/800, ISO-400

Engineering and architecture may be the source of our music. To see things in our mind… then to enable their construction.

Olympus OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 with M.Zuiko MC-20 2X teleconverter @ 300 mm, efov 600 mm, f/5.6, 1/100, ISO-2500, subject distance 2.5 metres

We may have talents to work with fabrics and yarns. To create things that have an intricate, yet pragmatic, beauty.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 10-100 mm f/4-5.6 @ 100 mm, efov 270 mm, f/5.6, 1/15, ISO-1600

Our music may come from our ability to see the world around us in new and different ways. To use things in ways that have not been done before.

Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikkor 30-110 mm f/3.8-5.6 @ 110 mm, efov 297 mm, f/7.1, 1/25, ISO-1600

We may imagine how things can be transformed into new variations of what was previously known.

Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikkor 30-110 mm f/3.8-5.6 @ 71.6 mm, efov 193.3 mm, f/5.6, 1/80, ISO-1600

Sometimes it can be difficult to see things beyond the seemingly black and white realities of life. We can forget that we have the power to choose how we play our music. There is more depth to our lives than we may realize. It is found inside.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 10-100 mm f/4-5.6 @ 20 mm, efov 54 mm, f/5.6, 1/250, ISO-160

We can choose to be a prisoner of our thoughts. We can be held captive by allowing ourselves to fear the criticisms of others. The opinions of others are transient and unimportant. They only document the fears and constraints of others.

Olympus OM-D-E-M1X + M.Zuiko 60 mm f/2.8 macro, f/2.8, 1/50, ISO-500, subject distance 300 mm, handheld focus stacking used, out-of-camera jpeg adjusted in post

Our music needs ongoing fine tuning and care. Our competition is only with our own best selves… not with others. To live our music to the best of our ability… to continually move forward… is to live each day. Rather than simply exist.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 10-100 mm f/4-5.6 @10 mm, efov 27 mm, f/8, 1/125, ISO-400

Our time is limited. Our journeys will end at a time not of our knowing. Messages are sent that whisper to us of our music. Of the path that is before us that can allow us to share our music. And create those those fleeting moments of difference during our lives.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100 mm f/4-5.6 @ 10 mm, efov 27 mm, f/8, 1/250, ISO-160

May we all listen, and take heed of our messages so we can find our music. Live it… and share it. Music left inside us is wasted. And a tragic loss of what could have been.

Technical Note

Photographs were captured hand-held using camera gear and technology as noted in the EXIF data. Images were produced from RAW files using my standard process.

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