What to write, what to shoot?

March 17, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

What to write, what to shoot?

What to write? Since I'm not a writer that question does not really bother me. If I never wrote another word in my life I would easily sleep at night.  At least until one of my cats decided to join us. But, having trouble shooting; now THAT does bother me! It's what I love to do! But I'm having a little motivation problem with a bit of complacency tossed in for good measure right now when it comes to getting out and shooting. Yeah, I'll blame it on that because it can't be me!

I started writing this while flying home after a lovely vacation with Kath. We had just spent a little over a week in Florida using my mom and dad's condo as a base camp while we saw the sights and took in the sunshine. This is our yearly trip away from the snow, ice, cold and short gray days of Michigan. As a kid I dealt with winter by playing in it, but now I am ”grown up” and deal with winter mostly by complaining about it. Since I had to get older I guess I might as well act the part, you know complain about everything from bad knees to the weather.

As winters go this one just ending was very mild, so much so that there were times I ran the snow blower just keep the parts loose. So from the standpoint of going out and shooting the life of the winter season, I convinced myself there was not much to record this season. Yet, I knew there really was, especially if I had traveled just a little ways from home. I also convinced myself that catching up on my very large backlog of photos was the right course to pursue. Photos taken at a time when I had more motivation to venture out and shoot. I still have photos from the last winter to weed though and that one had lots of beautiful snow!

So, what to shoot. Like I said, I'm having a little motivational and complacency problem these days. Maybe it's because I feel I have shot everything many times. While in Florida, we visited our usual places, and of course I took one of my cameras. So the trick this year was to come up with new ways of shooting what I have done over the years. When in Florida, I tend to do a lot of my shooting during the day, high noon and so on. That is not quite the best light, hard shadows, washed out colors, etc. So, because of that, I use my infrared camera quite a bit. Nice look, loved doing it, but I worry if I'm over using it. Anyway, my plan this year was to shoot mostly looking straight up things, trees, buildings, statures. New angles. The bad thing about using the infrared camera while looking straight up is I trend to get a lot of lens flare. One more thing to work around, but that is a good thing! Now I have to make my brain work instead of being on vacation with me. One step in the right direction. Also on this trip, we didn't hit the beach for any kind of shooting, sunsets or shoot and scoots, so that might help in getting me out this rut.

One of the biggest challenges for me is finding new angles, interesting angles and then making the most of them by creating a good composition. I did do some of that on this trip, and wish I had done more. But soon I will be home, then for the next few months I will be working on soccer photos, so these Florida shots will be finding a nice home on my computer. Nicely, these soccer games will present more chances for finding more new angles to showcase the action.

Since the beginning of my photography journey, one of my rules and commitments has been to do something “photo” related every day for at least an hour. It could just be reading a magazine, adjusting the web site, editing photos, etc. And I have been keeping to that, mostly editing photos. But since I have been working through my backlog, I have hardly picked up a camera body, so I think two things have happened.  My ability to compose shots has suffered and so has my motivation to get out and just shoot for the fun of it all...and that is the whole reason I do this!

Now don't get me wrong, this is not a pity piece so please do not feel sorry for me in least. This is a confession on my part, and a realization that I have a problem. I have heard that the only way you can get over a problem is first knowing you have a problem. So now I know I have one, what it is and what I have to do to move on from it. Get off my butt and walk out the door with camera in hand and use the shutter button! Yes, it is that simple! And that is my new motivation. And one final thought, the lesson I have learned during this is; complacency is a killer!

Doug


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