I've been largely absent here at the Ears, and I'm not going to justify that or apologize. Don't know that beyond this post life will open up for more blogging moments or not. It will when it will. But I miss my regular peeps out there. That's the hardest part. The Photo-Heart is not to be missed however. I will apologize for not getting around to reading every one's post each month no matter how good my intentions for doing so are. I'm doing the best I can.
I was lucky enough this month to travel to La Jolla California near San Diego. Having a week's respite from winter was really helpful and each day the sun made a big appearance which helped my mood drained from SAD and winter and cold and snow that seems(ed?) endless. I visited an aunt and uncle, and their cute dog named Spiffy.
The first evening my uncle took me for a nice walk along the shoreline (with Spiffy). I got a lay of the land, saw a gorgeous west facing sunset where I could actually see the sun touch the horizon (we don't get those here in Maine-always trees and stuff in the way) and stopped to chat with a few folks including a photographer who had recently opened a little gallery shop with a display of images vividly filling the walls complete with price tags beside.
The next morning, I took a photowalk. It was hazy, but the sun was definitely working its way out. It is fun and exciting to capture images in a place totally new and great to feel that adrenaline rush that doesn't come so easily shooting the same ol', same ol' around home. I came around the corner to find this beautiful scene with some of my faves...mist, golden light, a single person, backlight (if only there'd been a low POV).....I could see the man was a photographer waiting on the hillside to catch the "perfect" shot of pelicans that use that spot as their home.
Waiting on Photo Ops
I thought, while he's waiting for the perfect photo op, I'm getting the perfect photo op courtesy of him. As I rounded the top of the hill, we met. It was the same photog I'd met the evening before. The one with the shop with his photos for sale.
I think my PHC moment this month is reminding myself to "own" that I'm an artist. I do, but sometimes I think I'm not as good an artist/photographer as others out there. I know it's true when I see really high end photographers with experience and equipment and such, but I need to own that I am good at what I do without being a bragger, just self-assured.
Later in the week I went to a couple of galleries of some really high end photographers. Professionals whose life work is photography. They have images that sell for minimum of $350 and run up into the thousands. You know what I saw? A couple of images that I would have taken and similarly composed; a couple of images with the focus not perfectly clear (that I would have discarded as not good enough); a couple of images with blow outs-and yet they were still great photos.
Note to self....jus' sayin'.
Thank you to Kat for the Photo Heart Connection. Always enjoy the soul searching and the practice which doesn't feel much like practice at all.