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Reflections Ripple Forward (Pt 1)

Looking forward to 2018…..

We are now well and truely into 2018, and though I am not a person that really sets any new year resolutions, I am a person that likes to look back at what I have done in order to look forward and do things better than I did the previous year.

I had a few years were things did not really progress at all. So, what I often did was set my self a project each year to complete with the intention of inspiring creativity (bit like a New Years resolution really). The problem was (and is) that I ended up with several unfinished projects. When I look back I have not really done anything that different from the previous years. It feels a little like playing the same song over and over and over again. I remember hearing somewhere that:

“If you want things to be different, then you need to start doing things differently”

I was also reminded of one of my favourite driving ideas:

“What am I going to do differently tomorrow?”

So last year I started doing things differently, and asking myself regularly, what will I do differently tomorrow? Therefore 2017 was bit of a different year for me photographically speaking.

Last year I did not shoot any where near as much as I would usually shoot. I did not leave the camera on the shelf to gather dust though. It is just that when I did go out I did not shoot as many frames as I would normally. The camera was more a companion in case the landscape presented itself, and if it did not – then I would go home without the need to clear the memory card, or to fire up the computer. This lead to the odd occasion when I would venture out without the camera, intentionally, saying to myself if there is a shot to be had “The camera on my phone will have to do!” There were two occasions when I did regret leaving the camera behind for a minute or two, but had to move on. It was a conscious choice – I had to live with. But there were valuable lessons to learn from this also.

I found myself going out with less gear, even to the point of just taking the camera with a lens attached and nothing else. I have to admit that I am liking less gear more often. I thought why am I weighing myself down with gear that I am not really using that frequently, particularly if I was going to a location that I was familiar with.

I also decided that 2017 was going to be a year of learning something new. So I spent more time looking at the work of others, being not only inspired, but also learning a bit about how they approach their photography. Looking at videos from guy’s like Thomas Heaton and Ben Horne, was like sitting and having a conversation with a fellow photographer about all things photography. Looking at instructional videos from Scott Kelby and others on KelbyOne, helped me to learn a bit more about processing photographs. Then there was the work of some my favourite photographers Peter Eastway, Tony Hewitt, and Christian Fletcher, which I would look at and feel in inspired by.

So I am hoping 2017 was a year that will trigger better things for my photographic adventures. 2018 has already rippled the waters reflection….. and am I doing things differently in 2018? Well I’ll share my thoughts and actions on that in part 2.

To be continued…….

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Photo of the Month.

Bongaree Jetty, Bribie Island.

Bongaree Jetty, Bribie Island.

Welcome to ‘Photo of the Month’

I have a young family, and the day this photograph was taken was a day when we thought that we would do something a bit different with the kids for dinner. We headed over to Bribie Island, which is a short drive for us (It is about a 45-60 minute drive north of Brisbane, Queensland – Australia) We got some take away, parked the car here at the waters edge, and huddled in the back to eat. It was great and the kids loved it, especially when it started to rain.

Because this was family time and not photographic time (AKA: My Time), I didn’t want to take a full kit of photographic gear and spend all my time capturing the great scene that was right there in front of me. I had the camera with one lens attached. No tripod – as I thought that I would give the cameras ISO settings a run for their money. Despite being fairly dark I intentionally shot hand held. It worked!!!

I had not planned to get a shot as good as this. My plan was to shoot a few shots hand held at different ISO settings to get an idea of what the camera was able to do. It was a fairly new camera at this stage so I was testing and learning its abilities and limitations.

It is not a technically great photograph, but it was never meant to be. However it is a special photograph to me, because of the experience that I had in capturing it – and that is what is important for any photo that we take. It is not just a photo but a whole experience, from choosing the gear to take, the people that travel with you, and the vision you have when you set out. I hope you might enjoy this photo – as I really enjoyed capturing it.

Take Care,

Stuart.

 

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