This morning I read a post from one of my favorite blogs, Focusing On Life. I've mentioned them here before; this wonderful group of talented, inspiring writers and photographers. The post this morning was called "Looking Back". Leigh, the author, spoke of when she looked through her archives of images recently. She discovered that she "wasn't the same photographer." Photography had become "ho hum" and she wondered what caused it. Then, she wrote something that made me stop in my tracks and begin to think.
You see, I've been feeling the same way. The joy of photography seems to be escaping little by little. Her thoughts, "I think we study so hard to learn our craft that we get wrapped up in the technical aspects." Could this be? Yes, I think so, at least for me. I remember the days of just snapping a photo of something that caught my eye, uploading it to the computer, and then smiling because I'd capture what I wanted. Was it technically perfect? Probably not, but it was what I saw and what I wanted to capture. Now, I worry about all the technical things like light, aperture, shutter speed, rule of thirds, crisp focus, and on and on.
So, today I grabbed my old trusty point and shoot camera and went outside between rain showers. I didn't go far, only in my front yard. I didn't plan. I didn't think. I just clicked and you know it was a lot of fun. Just plain relaxing and fun.
By no means can I go back to "no technical" shots completely, but I'll be making more time to stop learning, to stop worrying. to just shoot and capture what my heart and eyes see.
Confession: I did crop a couple of these...that pesky two-thirds rule just won't go away!
If you're feeling similar, read Leah's post here, then grab your camera, skip the technical stuff, and just have fun!
Thank you, Leigh!!