I usually gravitate toward “epic moment” shots when choosing a photo for a desktop background each month. You know, I’m going to be looking at it every day for a while, it might as well be worth looking at.

But this time, I couldn’t help but choose a photo that I have to say is rather random. The subject is not anything special really. Just a waterfall, and an insignificant one at that, flowing gently downstream. It’s not necessarily applying any amazing composition rules that I can think of right off. And it’s not even particularly a beautiful place, especially in the top left of the photo where the flowing water transports and deposits the eye of the viewer.

But there’s just something about it. And I don’t know what it is. It captivates and holds my attention for a reason I haven’t quite determined yet.

And whether I ever determined it or not, that doesn’t really matter. The “captivating and holding” is what matters, because that’s what makes a good photo a good photo whether or not the “why” is ever discovered.

What I do know is that I spent a little more time than normal at this spot trying to get it right. It’s always a challenge to shoot waterfalls from the top down. But there, between Conventions spending time with friends photographing the Shenandoah backcountry, away from cell phone reception, emails, and the busy schedule, I was just taking a moment to enjoy God’s creation and imitate the Great Creator by attempting to create my own little creation without the pressure to perform.

Maybe one of these days, on one of those “every days” that I look at my desktop background in the next month, the “why” will hit me.

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Drifting Downstream

White Oak Canyon, Shenandoah National Forest, Virginia
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And for those of you who were wondering, no, the raw photo right out of the camera didn’t look quite as captivating:

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Definitely in need of some editing. But still, it was a diamond in the rough before I ever started hacking away at it in Lightroom.

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