Common complaints among photographers include: “there’s nothing to shoot; the light sucks; I don’t feel inspired”. It’s a rabbit hole I’ve found myself in many times and the only way out is to grab the camera and photograph something, anything.
One exercise often assigned to photography students is to capture images within close proximity of one’s home. The goal is to see everyday subjects in a different light or perspective in hopes of creating something appealing from the mundane. I took on that self-assignment recently. I’ll let you be the judge of the images’ visual appeal.
The bicycling season hasn’t ended for me yet, although some rides have been rather chilly. Nevertheless, they afford me the opportunity to check in with my feathered friend, a Great Blue Heron, who seems determined to weather the cold at Scarborough Marsh. I’ve had mixed reports whether he/she will survive the winter. Some have told me that this heron may be the same bird that spent all of last winter at the marsh, while others have reported that its chances for survival are slim. Time will tell.
As I look to 2019 I’m not setting any specific photography goal. Rather, I’m taking the advice of my favorite photographer who professes that only two words are necessary to become a better photographer: “be open”. In other words, don’t seek images; let them come to you. Embrace them when they do. That’s my plan.
I wish all of my readers a wonderful holiday season and a very happy new year!