Snapping Out Of The Winter Doldrums With A Self-Assignment
May 4, 2015 § 12 Comments
Every time I hit a creative roadblock, which could come due to boredom, depression, or just plain creative laziness, I give myself a self-assignment. Usually it’s going out with one lens and trying to capture something without the advantage of changing lenses to fit the situation. This is somewhat easier nowadays with a zoom lens, but I used to do it with fixed focal length lenses years ago. My favorite self assignment, one which I’ve done many times, is to go out in my backyard and find something interesting to shoot. This is getting harder since I’ve been doing this for many years now…but that’s the challenge! Since I’ve been shooting nothing but still life images the past few months, I decided to use natural light only. One advantage is we have cats and a dog, and you can never tell when one of these guys or gals will do something interesting…you have to stay on your toes or you’ll miss something for sure. I went outside yesterday (all of these images were captured yesterday) and decided to shoot our old stone ramp that leads up to our barn. Sure enough, Rusty followed me up there and decided to do some “cat acrobatics”. I shot the ramp with him and without him. On the way back to the house, I saw my dog Cosmo just “chillin’ in the grass”. I shot a ton of images of Cosmo and a bunch of cats, but edited them down to a couple for this blog. When I was done, I went inside and sat down at the dinning room table to look at my results. I looked up and noticed how the light was coming in through the door and creating some beautiful highlights and shadows. While shooting the door, I noticed the basket of pinecones my wife put next to the door for decoration. After a very tough winter due to illness, deaths in the family, and just a plain old nasty winter, grabbing my camera and wandering around shooting stuff like this gets me wanting to see what else is out there waiting to be captured!
Thanks for looking…any question, feel free to ask!