motivational quotes

When You Are Through Changing, You Are Through

© Rick Sammon
"I'm not hip and young, and I really don't fit in."

"I think we have learned all we can learn."

These comments were made my two photographers I know - both of whom are younger than I am.

My advice to these very good photographers would be to think about this well-known quote: When you are through changing, you are through."

© Rick Sammon
We need to change, especially in this world of social media. 

We need to change (and to keep up) with new plug-ins and versions of Lightroom and Photoshop.

We need change to grow. We need change to keep healthy . . . because "learning is health."

And on the topic of health, we need to be physically healthy to be mentally healthy.


© Rick Sammon
If you need some inspiration to change, just look at a butterfly . . , which starts out as a crawling sack of goo and is magically transformed into a beautiful flying creature.

I took these three pictures are of the same (exact same) animal: a dagger wing.

So if you feel as though you are through, please think again. As Dr. Wayne Dyer suggests in his book Real Magic, we are in control of our own reality to a great degree

A closing thought (another famous quote): It's never too late to be who you could have been.

Explore the light,

P.S. You'll find more inspirational quotes and pictures of butterflies in my Life Lessons We Can Learn From Mother Nature and Butterfly Wonders apps.

Life Lessons We Can Learn From Mother Nature – iPad App Now Available

Happens to everyone. Horses, dogs, men. No one gets out of life alive. – Irving Ravetch

Double JJ Ranch, Rothbury, Michigan
Canon 1Ds Mark III
Canon 100-400mm IS lens @ 320mm
Shutter Priority Mode
ISO 400
f/8.0 @ 1/500th sec.

Photo tips:
• Use focus tracking when photographing moving subjects.
• Crop out the dead space in a scene to draw more attention to the subject.
• Don't change lenses when it's dusty.
• Use a shutter speed of at least 1/500th of a second to stop action.

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Life Lessons We Can Learn from Mother Nature, my latest iPad app, was recently released on the iTunes app store. The concept: On each page of the e-book-type app you’ll find an inspirational or motivational quote accompanied by one of my wildlife or landscape photographs. I tired to match each photograph to the quote, which was a challenging but rewarding process.

The photographs are from my travels over the years; the quotes are gathered from a lifetime of looking for inspiration from others.

To celebrate the iPad app, co-developed with Juan Pons (the dude who started the Digital Photo Experience with me), I’ll be posting a picture and quote from time to time here on my blog – pictures and quotes that are not in the app. I’ll also include the location in which each photograph was taken, as well as the camera data – as I do in the app.

So, the app is also like a mini-course in wildlife and nature photography.

To order the app, which also features my favorite Photoshop techniques for wildlife and nature photography, click
on the iPhone/iPad photos on the right.

If you have an inspiration quote you’d like to share, please share it here via a Comment.

Explore the light – and explore the iPad!

P.S. Click
here to see all my apps.