Tonight was the first night of my advanced lighting class at SAIT. Once I give the lecture and I shoot a few frames I then let the students have their opportunity to work with our subject. While they do this I answer questions, solve camera problems and in general observe and make suggestions. In my talks with the students this evening the theme of observation came up a number of times. I always instruct my students to observe the light and how does it fall on the subject. I tell them to observe the pose, the framing and the expression of the person they are photographing.
In a conversation with one of my students I started to discuss my photo a day project and how it has helped me with my awareness of my surroundings. I have said it before but I will say it again, there are many opportunities to create images all around us as long as we look for them. Today's Instagram 366 photo is a good example of that. I regularly buy ham and turkey from the deli at Safeway to make sandwhichs for my boy's. Today as I was waiting to be served I observed this wonderful pattern in the way this fresh cut Black Forest Ham had piled on the tray. It almost had a look of a flower and so I snapped a photo through the plexiglass cover before the server arrived. Very little post processing was done here other then cropping and slight vignetting in Snapseed.
So I invite you to explore and observe your everyday environment and enjoy the beauty that surrounds us, even in the most simple of things.