I had always thought that I had a good sense of observation. I was taught at a young age to be mindful of my surroundings and aware of everything. One of my earliest recollections of this was when I was learning to drive at the age of 14 and my dad telling me not to get tunnel vision, too always check the mirrors and be aware of all the cars around me, their position on the road and to anticipate based on my observations. Now I won't say that I never had any accidents, I did, but not as many as I might of had and those I did where when I forgot these rules.
I had carried that over to my photography. When shooting sporting events I would be aware of the play in front of me as well as action on the periphery so as to be able change my vision if needed but also avoid potential collisions (common at football games if you were not aware of players being pushed into the sidelines). I always considered this one of my strengths in being able to adapt in any photographic situation.
Since starting to take a photo a day I have found that my sense of observation has changed and maybe even improved. I think that I did get a little relaxed for a stretch and though observing was not reacting as much. Now I find that throughout the day I am looking for subjects, checking different angles and just being a little more observant. It may give cause for people to look at me strange as I line up a shot, but it has allowed me to keep this project flowing.
August 20. This evening I was helping at Cowboy's Casino as a fund raiser for my son's choir. Knowing that they don't like us taking photo's in there I was determined to get my photo early. That I did when I was doing some grocery shopping at Safeway. I noticed some Gladiolus flowers near one of the check outs and moved in a little closer to see if they merited a shot. Some of them had colours that I knew do not translate well on the iPhone but there was one group of white and lavender colour that I felt would work. SO I moved in close and shot this photo. Very little post processing was done and the painterly effect was the result of the colours and the way the iPhone 4 sensor handled it.