Linking with hostess Kat for the 3rd installment of the Journey of Fascination. Thank you for making me think inside, outside, a top, and around back of the box. Brain push ups.
***My hard drive crashed this week....trying to keep up, but my computer use is sporadic. Will try to visit and connect with my classmates as I'm able***
More of the Same 88/365
More of the same. Yawn. Nice. But more of the same.
It is not uncommon for me to speak to myself. I live alone-you know, it's something you do. Sometimes I whisper to myself and then wonder what the hell that is about. I could blame it on the cat sleeping. I'm starting to catch myself talking to myself out loud in public. Yikes. All I have to do is get a couple more cats and keep talking to myself and I will become part of the "crazy cat lady" club.
I'm off topic, already. Geez. I do have a point. Something I found myself saying out loud when I'm out and about shooting pics, "I'm bored". I take my camera off my face knowing I'm trying to force a shot of something, anything, or perhaps the same ol' thing. I'm bored.
Bored does not equal breakthrough. They both start with B, I'll give you that, but one is likely the complete opposite of the other, and sadly I'm on the wrong B.
I'm So Done BW
Here's what happens when you're on a breakthrough going the wrong direction. But even though that day I was "done", the next day I picked up my camera and kept going. That is a different kind of breakthrough I suppose. The next day I shot that lovely image at the top of the page.
Snow Fence BW 161/365
I've played with that snow fence numerous times, like 2 weeks ago. I was not bored when I made this shot. I wasn't jazzed, but I did find a different way to make the same subject sing.
I don't feel as though there have been breakthroughs for me lately. I looked thru my flickr roll last night and didn't notice shifts big or small. For me renewed energy, an uptick of interest, a fresh breeze of enthusiasm in any area-not just exclusive to photography-comes from learning new things. I can self teach to a point and then I need input from someone of higher caliber, preferably in a live classroom setting, to push me up a notch. I love to learn.
I am proud to say that I am a self-taught photographer. I think that's huge. I don't pat myself on the back enough for that. I took one basic photography class-learned very quickly the mechanics of the camera, picked up a couple of tidbits that stuck in my head, and waited patiently for 9/10ths the remaining students to catch on. While this is worthy, being self-taught, I know I would benefit greatly with some expert, hands on instruction by a master teacher. Sadly, I have not enough money to do that....maybe later. If I won the lottery, I would go to photography school. (Note to self: you actually have to play the lottery to have a shot at it.)
If there's been any recent shift (breakthrough) in my work, it may be using black and white photography more. I suppose that shows growth. I don't feel it is at all a strength (yet), but I'm using it more frequently. I used to not think of it at all, and now it's becoming more of a staple; more appealing.
Light Right, Lean Left BW 147/365
I also think the challenge of doing a 365-and this is my 2nd one-offers itty bitty breakthroughs to happen, so small they go unseen...until you compare where you started and where you end up. Pratice, practice, practice. No one ever got worse by practicing.
I enjoyed thinking about this topic. I will have to look again. Maybe I'm missing something. Maybe one frame of mind over another might catch something that was missed. Looking forward to reading how others viewed their breakthroughs.