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This was Russ Towne’s post this morning on FaceBook. I love the poem and the fulfilled promise.
I love the message at its conclusion, advocating what JanBeek is all about: “🎶❤️ All we need is love, ❤️ 🎶” and “Make the world better by the beauty [you] share.”
Russ Towne wrote, “The local chapter of the California Writers Club selected my poem below for inclusion in their publication ‘WritersTalk.’ This poem has had two titles over the years: ‘Broken Promise’ and ‘Their Time in the Ball.’ Which title do you think fits this [poem] better?”
An unopened bud A leaf left unfurled A loss of great beauty To a beckoning world
Withered by fear From memories and pain Won’t risk rejection Shame and disdain
Unrealized potential Hidden deep in a ball They suffer in silence A broken promise to all
Kindness can open Closed buds over time Heal shattered hearts And ease fearful minds
A bud can be opened By the love of a friend Who believes in their dreams So their spirit can mend
Sometimes it takes The smallest of sparks A word to encourage Those alone in the dark
Nurturing love Can go a long way To help beautiful petals Feel the light of each day
Bask in the glory Of knowing they dared Make the world better By the beauty they shared
Often late bloomers Are most lovely of all As their beauty is deeper From their time in the ball
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Why Reblog? Well, Don is my 600th follower!! I want to honor him and his blog and invite you to see his work. I love his photography. I think you will, too. Thanks, Don, for visiting and following JanBeek!!
Gear DOES Matter
One of the best ways to improve your photography? Buy gear. Yes,
that’s right. Buy gear. You are a photographer. It is your passion
(hopefully!) so why not buy gear?
Gear motivates, inspires and allows you to realise your vision.
I would recommend though, buying gear only if you really need it. Buy second-hand gear off eBay or Gumtree (Australia). Cameras, lenses, flashes and bags are tools- if you need them, buy them.
Some will make you a better photographer because you will be able to
capture what you envisage. Some purchases will be duds. Avoid the duds.
Don’t make impulse buys. Research the hell out of each purchase to
guarantee you get a good bargain and you know why you are getting that new piece of equipment.
I have only just bought my first speedlight flash with softbox and
umbrella. Continuous lights served me well for a long time, and I still
use them, but they are limiting when it comes to travelling and I needed
stronger, directional lights, so I bought a cheap but highly regarded
flash- a Godox flash. I didn’t by a Nikon one at four-times the price
with less features. I shopped around, weighted up options, put it off
until I felt limited in my photography.
Same with lenses. I bought a Tamron 90mm 1:1 Macro lens. My other
lenses, a 50mm and 28mm, I bought second hand off eBay. I mostly
photograph people, still life and flowers- 90mm becomes the most useful
lens. I shoot a few landscapes, so a second hand 28mm suits me well.
It has to be justified.
If you are struggling to achieve a look with your equipment, then it is time to buy gear. The sad thing is, I see so many photographers buying gear thinking it will make them a better photographer. It wont.
But having gear, suitable for what you want to create, will make you a better photographer.
Buying the right gear will elevate your photography. And no, there
are no affiliate links here. I never recommend gear, because what is
good for me, may not be suitable for you.