There are times when everything speaks to me in a photo sense -- such as this scene I drove past twice once day and realized it made for a cool shot.
I don’t know how all of you are with photography, but I kind of go in waves.
There are times where I look at almost anything and find a way to make it into a decent image. There are other times where I could be staring at the perfect photo opportunity and be absolutely stumped with what I should do.
It’s kind of like a peak-and-valley sort of thing.
Oh the days where one struggles to find a good shot...
Part of that also goes with the desire — or lack thereof — to carry my camera. While it’s true that the iPhone gives me a solid backup plan, the reality is when I want photos, I like to use my main gear. If I get too far out of habit carrying it, then I start relying on the iPhone way too much.
To be fair, the iPhone takes some amazing images. I’ve even had it capture some pretty crazy shots that were action-based. But it isn’t — and won’t ever be — a true replacement for my DSLR.
So what to do?
I’m currently in one of those valleys, or funks.
That’s normal when doing a project like the 366 though. Taking a photo every day and hoping it’s not some “mail-it-in” image is something I hope to do. But there are times when I just don’t want to take photos. Be it because of carrying stuff, the weather or something else. I love my camera, but it’s so tough when you just want to sometime blend in and be part of something.
When I completes my 2010 Project 365, I said I’d never do it again. Technically, that’s true because this year is a Project 366. However, knowing the struggles I am having, I think this will be the last time I do this project. I’ve come close to ending it this year, but I go out and get a photo because I want to see it to completion.
I’m not as diligent in posting daily or submitting to all the groups, but I have done each and every day and plan to complete it.
Anyway, off subject there.
I’m curious where photographers find inspiration?
I often find inspiration in old or odd signs.
For me, it depends on where I am. For now, I am in a small area. There’s not a lot of diverse things. By that, I mean street photography. If you are a nature photographer — and I do that at times — this area is amazing. Mountains and hills. All four (usually) seasons. Waterfalls (well, have to travel a little for them), rivers and streams and other nice things.
My town — and some surrounding towns — are somewhat picturesque villages and small hamlets, which can provide some wonderful things. I’m going to try and do a small series soon — once the college lets out of some things that local high school kids painted last year. Once the college kids are gone, it’s easier to just navigate the area and such on a bike and get a bunch of images.
But for the most part, I’ve photographed the town. I have to do it more with the Holga Project I’m involved in, so I will be seeing it from a different way.
But for a daily shot, sometimes I have to reach.
Too, there are days when you know things are rolling and shots just pop out at you. It’s almost like it was a form of destiny for you to be at a spot at the exact moment to shoot it. Whether for a project or just out shooting, the opportunity was there and you took it.
As I said, I’ve been struggling lately. I look at stuff and thing “meh.” The skies are blue, the weather has been beautiful and my new $20 Lowepro Messenger camera bag (extremely awesome and what I’ve been looking to find for years) gives me no reason to not have my camera and be ready to shoot.
So what kind of inspiration do you photographers use?
Sometimes inspiration comes from just watching a scene or situation unfold.
I’m interested — and hoping this post will get some — in some comments from other photographers to let me know what they do to get out of a funk. I’m sure it will snap soon, I just need to do it. I’d love to get into a photo club or be involved in a photo walk sometime. I think that might help. There aren’t many photographers who I know that enjoy just going out and snapping photos all day anymore.
Let me know what you do and if you have any sites to check for said inspiration.
This weekend is supposed to be wonderful with weather. I plan on doing a little hiking and some geocaching. Hopefully by carrying the camera, I’ll get some good shots. I don’t know what of yet, but I’m hoping.
And next weekend is one of our area’s biggest events — a 70-mile one-day canoe regatta. I used to cover it for the paper and have always enjoyed it. This year is the 50th year the race has been held, so I plan on taking the day to shoot the event and kind of follow it a bit differently than I have done in the past. So the inspiration will hopefully be there!
So drop me your thoughts in the comments below on how you battle “photo blog” or get inspiration!
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