Sunday Photo/Art Quote – Yogi Berra

A major league baseball manager, Yogi Berra, was a font of excellent one-liners that more than stated the obvious.

The one I wish to share with you today can easily be applied to the arts. Yes, while it’s obvious, sometimes we need reminders of just that. And Yogi was a pro at that!

yogi berra quote“You can observe a lot by watching.”  Yogi Berra

The reason I bring this up today is the quote jumped out at me after returning from a guitar concert under the stars last night by Anthony Mazella at The Collective in Sedona. Anthony is a world class musician who creates magical times with his guitar.

As always I carry my camera. Lately, I’ve been trying to follow Yogi’s advice although I didn’t realize it was coming from him. I’ve been trying to be more aware of light. Paying attention to it. And trying to capture more of it in challenging situations.

I used the Lumix GX8 with a 35-100mm f2.8 Vario lens. While Anthony filled my head with his music, I kept myself aware of the changing light as the sun dropped below the horizon. The lights in the area began their illuminating dance through the venue. And I recorded.

Here are a few of those captures.

shadowplay photoShadow, color, composition, shape, and form were the things that caught my eye

silhouette photoA glance up and this silhouette appeared. I watched for a few moments, and the little girl was moving in and out of the frame I waited until she was moving out to capture this. The play of the complementary colors was a bonus.

anthony mazella gutarist at the collectiveOf course, the star of the show couldn’t be left out. The blue, purple and magenta lights added some serious color to the warm toned brickwork.

Had I not been aware and keeping my eyes peeled for an opportunity to see I might have missed these little vignettes of light and color. So remember Yogi’s advice, “You can observe a lot by watching.”

Yours in creative Photography,       Bob

PS – Here are 50 Yogisms gathered in an article by USA Today. It’s a fun read.