Sometimes, the sky looks like it’s on fire. Of course, it’s not.
It’s just autumn light bouncing off the clouds in wonderful ways. It’s one of those things that you just have to be there to see.
Which brings me to this.
Recently, there have been a whole bunch of bloggers writing about breaking the log jam we call photographer’s block. You can also call it writer’s block. Writer’s have different issues to work through.
I’ll concentrate on photographer’s block. The tools for breaking it are fairly simple. If you can’t think of something to photograph, put your camera on your shoulder, go outside and take a walk.
Photograph whatever you see. It may not be your “photo-thing,” but carry on. Even if you don’t develop your images, you’ll learn something about yourself. I have a number of friends who think that if they don’t travel, they can’t make a picture. That’s just silly. After all, that’s what Storyteller is about. For me, it’s a place to experiment and practice. I do that so when I travel, I don’t have to knock the rust off.
It’s as simple as that.
If you are still having a motivational problem, try a self-assignment. My favorite is to photograph, “What is it like to…” It can be anything.
You can even do it when you are traveling. Let’s say you are in Venice, Italy. Not the one in Los Angeles. Maybe your self assignment is “What is like to ride around in a gondola?” Something like that can break you away from the usual tourist pictures. If you want to check that out. Go to Google Images and type in your destination. Likely, there are millions of pictures of the thing you are going to photograph. Does the world really need another one?
At the end of that day, you are working in a Nike advertisement.
Just do it.
That’s my photo talk for today.
The picture. I was outside at the right time. With the dog. She wasn’t all that interested in going for a walk. She mostly just wanted to check things out in a small area. Perfect for me. I didn’t have to work on the move.
There is some post production going on. But, not much. Nature is the best filter.
You thought that I was done.
Let’s talk Instagram since many locations are calling themselves “Instagramable.” There is a rising backlash against that. It seems the many photographers, especially travel photographers, are copying pictures for the likes that they can gain. There is one group that collects pictures from different photographers to illustrate that. So, they’ll show you nine different pictures from nine different photographers that show the same thing. It would be funny, if it wasn’t so sad.
Street photographers are going so far as to say that Instagram is destroying their genre. Most of what street shooters claim to be their style doesn’t even come close.
The thing that I know and take away from those discussions is simple. Just because a thing is popular doesn’t make it creative.
As I always say, shoot YOUR picture. It may not be popular, but it’ll be yours.
One more thing. It’s the day to register if you live in The United States.