From the “Distinctive Georgetown” Portfolio
Bishop Street, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
© 2008 Nawfal Nur
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Opportunities & Preparedness…
Always being prepared, having your camera with you, actively seeking out photographs with your eyes wide open, and seeing things differently are some of the major keys to taking better, and more interesting photographs.
Earl Nightingale said many things that I always want to strive for, and here are a few snippets of those things: ‘Study and Prepare Yourself…Your mind is your richest resource…Look at your work with NEW Eyes…Serve the customer better than anyone else serves the customer…
Earl also said: “We become what we think about.”
J.B. Matthews wrote: “Unless a person has trained himself for his chance, the chance will only make him rediculous, a great occasion is worth to a man exactly what his preparation enables him to make of it.” I’m sure that Mr. Matthews meant all people in his statement (as Earl N., mentioned), and Matthews’ statement is indeed, very profound, and very humbling.
This is why knowing as much about your field, whether it is photography, or computer science, or WHATEVER, that you are a first-class professional in your chosen field. Also, that you are constantly educating yourself about your profession, keeping up with the times and surpassing your competition.
Special Note: See…I wasn’t prepared just now, I lost all my tags and categories for some strange reason…I should have saved all first. Even when you think you are ready, you may not be ready.
The following video link is of one of my favorite guitarists, and perhaps, one of the best guitarists in the world (at this point in time). The video was not recorded in a studio, but rather, at the NAMM show/exhibition, so the audio quality is a bit off, but if you listen to the playing and observe the technique, you will soon see why I believe Jeff Loomis, of the band NEVERMORE, is one of the best players around. I have mainly put this video up here, to demonstrate someone in the field of music, who I believe is a first-class, prepared, professional. You can substitute anyone of your choice in this type of exercise. Pick someone you know is skilled in their field, it can be your field or another one. Just watching someone who is at the top of their game, pushes you a little (or a lot) more, to improve yourself.