Looks like despite my best efforts in trying to avoid New Years Resolutions I've succumb to at least one, working on my photography. I have been feeling rather stagnant and blasé about my skills and what I'd been doing for awhile now. Don't get me wrong I can take decent photos. I just feel like I can and should be better. Admittedly part of that is my eternal feeling that I always to some extent hate my photography because it's just never good enough. The larger issue is that I just haven't been focusing on it like I can and should. I then began trying to figure out what and how I should go about trying to improve my photography. Do I take on a project, if so what kind of project? I mulled this over for the last month or so especially as I put together my annual photography book for Christmas. Each year I put together a photo book of my best photos of The Boy and have it printed at Blurb and then give a copy to each of the grandparents as well as a copy for The Wife and me. I realized that I take a lot of the same shots over and over and need to expand my repertoire. There's nothing wrong with having a few tricks up one's sleeve to fall back on. Again, I was just feeling rather stagnant.
In the end I've decided to take another shot at completing a 52 week photo challenge. As you can see in my previous post I made it all the way to the end of April. I should have an easier time this year. I found this one on a post on Reddit from Dogwood Photography. The challenge this year is totally scheduled out. This will make it much easier to plan ahead for future shoots. Plus there's a Facebook Group and a subreddit that I'll be following along in. There's enough structure this time around I should have NO problem keeping up (I hope). What I like about this challenge is that there are 4 themes vision, technical, creative, and wildcard. You need all those areas to really be able to create great photographs. Your vision doesn't matter if you don't have the technical skills to execute it and there's no point in having technical skills if you can't use them creatively.
This week's theme is, as is appropriate for New Years, Look Ahead. For several days The Boy had been wanting to go to Kubota to "use his camera with color film" to take pictures. Kubota, for those of you who don't know, is a fantastically beautiful Japanese Garden within walking distance of our house. It's show up in my photography time and again for very obvious reasons. Now I couldn't be happier that The Boy both wanted to go AND he wanted to take photos. Due to crummy weather and work we decided to go as a family on New Years. I hadn't decided if I was going to do the photo challenge at that point. I just always take the camera long on those types of adventures.
We had a great time exploring back trails and taking lots of photos. as you can see below.
Once I had gotten back and started editing the photos I finally decided to do the project. I knew exactly which photo to use. It was a bit more literal than I like however, I thought it captured the idea of looking forward well. Especially since it was through The Boy's eyes.
So, we'll see how things go from here. I hope that I'll grow both technically and creatively with this project. The photos won't all be great and that's okay since this is a learning exercise, at least that's what I'll tell myself. I already have a good idea of what I want to do for the color Harmony challenge. We'll see if it works out or not...