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Discover your Photographer's Eye

by Greg Belfrage

Landscape photography has become a real passion for me over the past few years.  I wish life afforded more opportunities to get outdoors with my camera.  I find it to be extremely tranquil and a wonderful diversion from the stresses of work and family life.

During one of my travels across the eastern plains of South Dakota, I happened across an old church, East Nidaros Lutheran Church.

I was struck by the beautiful architecture and magnificent stonework of the building.  The chance discovery of that church opened up new horizons in my photography, as I began seeking out and photographing other rural churches.

My search for churches quickly expanded into an interest in local historic buildings.  Soon I was researching local historic sites and the National Register of Historic Places for nearby subjects to photograph.

I began to pay attention to local historic markers and now stop the car to read them, much to the chagrin of my family.  I cannot tell you how much I've learned about my hometown and our local area as a result of my search for subjects to photograph.

I'm also noticing obvious things that never really caught my attention in the past.  Old train trestles, outdoor statues and interesting architecture are among the many things that I saw, but never really noticed.  

I actually 'see' our beautiful city in a much more profound and interesting way because now I look at the world through a Photographer's Eye.

Discover your Photographer's Eye.  Start looking at your surroundings with a critical eye.  You'll find beauty is all around you.  You simply have to shut out the 'noise' of the world to discover it.

Greg Belfrage is an amateur photographer in Sioux Falls, SD.  You can view more of his artwork at http://www.redbubble.com/people/dakotavistas  or follow his photos on Facebook.