Curbed Ambition

A youthful mind is seldom totally free from ambition; to curb that is the first step to contentment, since to diminish expectation is to increase enjoyment.
         — Frances Burney

Taking advantage of the D800’s exceptional ability to handle high ISO captures, I went out to Kissimmee’s Old Town a couple of evenings ago with the goal of doing some natural light night photography. Crossing a street, I noticed an interesting contrast of light and shadow within the scene before me. I quickly dropped down on one knee and snagged this shot before the opportunity was gone. You have to take a shot when you see it; otherwise, that moment – that exact image – will be forever lost.

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"Curbed Ambition" [Click the image to enlarge/reduce its size.] Nikon D800, ISO 4000, f/4.0 at 1/60 sec., 85 mm

“Curbed Ambition” [Click the image to enlarge/reduce its size.] Nikon D800, ISO 4000, f/4.0 at 1/60 sec., 85 mm


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  1. A fine Stoic quote from an underappreciated novelist & playwright. Earl, I really wish you were in Salt Lake to turn your impeccable portraitist’s eye upon Judie and myself. If I knew you were going to visit, I’d begin stockpiling Hostess Cupcakes, Twinkies, Sno Balls, and Ding Dongs right now… because I want to be photographed surrounded by what I love. 😉


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