In Denver we are getting our first taste of winter today, so it seemed fitting to have a reminder of warmer weather.
I have had a nice long break to collect my thoughts and have some rest from weekly posting. I was feeling a lot of pressure from the constant cycle of shoot/edit/post, with editing being the challenge as I would frequently do all three in one day.
What I want to try now is to leave a buffer between the shooting and editing stages so that I can have more of an objective view when selecting which photos to process. We all struggle with liking a photo because it’s good versus like a photo because we can remember how we felt at the time of capture. For example, these photos are from three months ago. We will see how this goes.
One year ago I started this project to reconnect with photography. In the beginning, my goal was to post weekly, while staying focused on photography (rather than the equipment). While there have been distractions, the marathon of shooting regularly for a year has helped me to build skills, build confidence and has helped me begin to see my creative direction. For this next year I plan to continue posting weekly, while honing my skills and learning to see creatively.
A group from my church traveled to a camp in Westcliffe Colorado last weekend to help clean up after a wind storm. The storm was actually over a year ago, the damage was extensive with winds well over 100 miles-per-hour.
Back in the city winter doesn’t want to go away, we are still waiting for summer.
Last weekend, or more like a week and a half ago now, my wife and I went up in the mountains to a Young Life camp with the high school students we work with at our church. Not uncommon for an event like this a student took a trip to the hospital, and this time I was designated to go along as the responsible adult. The hospital visit lasted all night resulting in my complete exhaustion for the rest of the weekend. Why do I mention this? These five photos are my best ones from that weekend, and for each of them I really didn’t feel like shooting, but I forced myself to. After an all night stay at a hospital, I had reverted to survival mode, all I have to do is make it through the weekend, then I can sleep. But by forcing myself to shoot when I knew that I should, I created my best pieces. I have written here several times about re-learning. This is it again, I always hear people say “I take pictures when I feel like it”. But many of my best photos come from times when I don’t feel like it.