Life is packed full of monumental challenges we are forced to climb on a daily basis. Sometimes we possess the mental strength of Tony Robbins, and other days, we simple cannot tolerate one more setback. On those days, you feel as if your head is about to explode like actor Louis Del Grande in David Cronenberg's film, Scanners. I personally feel a little darker on those days—less forgiving, irritable, anxious, angry and frustrated.
We all have dark days and for a variety of reasons. On more occasions than I want to admit, I found myself criticizing people for their nasty dispositions—discovering later, my ignorance was the problem. I tried justifying the criticism because of their less than desirable behavior, but I had absolutely no clue what was triggering their dark side. How would I behave if I recently lost a loved one? What happens to my social skills when I am battling depression or struggling with an addiction?
I am not a psychiatrist or sociologist, so by no means is this an educated therapy session. Facing dark days was not the first thing on my mind as I was editing the photo in Adobe Photoshop. The idea came to me as I started adding dark layers to the photo hoping to introduce interesting color tones. The darker I made the photo, the more I realized there are factors in our lives that bring out the lesser side of us. We must be considerate of the challenges people face on a daily basis and look for ways to brighten their day instead of making it darker. 🙂
About the Shot
Contrary to the photo's title (Dark Days), the photo was taken on a very sunny and beautiful afternoon. My wife, son, daughter and I spent the afternoon riding around town looking for great places to photograph. I love photographs taken on train tracks, so I was thrilled when we spotted several close to downtown Wichita, Kansas.
The sun was was pretty harsh, so I cranked up the shutter speed to lower the hard light. Looking back on the shot, I should have bumped the aperture up to F/14 instead of the shutter speed, which would have greatly improved image clarity. Oh well, you learn from your mistakes.
Enjoy the photo and have a fabulous day!
All my best,
“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”
― Mahatama Gandhi
Camera Settings and Edits
- Photograph name: Dark Days
- Camera Model: Canon EOS Rebel T5i
- Shutter Speed: 1/2000
- Aperture: f/4.5
- ISO: 100
- Lens: 70-200mm L
- Focal Length: 75 mm
- Image Quality: RAW
- White Balance: Auto