Ok… not sure what the title means. I just thought perhaps if I came up with a rather deep or prolific sounding title, the ideas or thoughts would simply fall in line. Hey… it's a process… or not.
So, I am back in full swing with the racing season and that means I'm facing that old age creative challenge of staying fresh and relevant. It ain't easy.
I think one of the things photographers have to come to terms with is personal growth and how YOU perceive your own improvement. If you've been at it for a few years, improvements and growth can come in pretty small increments and likely not be that perceptible to others. Don't let that stop or discourage you from pushing. Keep tweaking what you do… and keep pushing the envelope trying new things.
This all comes back to keeping a camera with you and when you can't, constantly framing scenes in your imaginary viewfinder. Watch for interesting geometric shapes or patterns, reflections, shadows ...even contrasting or complimentary color arrangements. And most importantly, watch for changes in the light and how it affects your surroundings. Things you see in your everyday walk through life are all effected by the light as the day disappears or even as the season's change. Try to keep a mental record and look for times of the day or season that might be more interesting.
It's summertime in most of the world… so get outside. Sit in the park. Eat or drink coffee in outdoor cafes. Take the time to observe your surrounds and let your mind (and camera) slip into slow motion. It you can find a calm… a zone… just start shooting. Maybe go out with just a prime lens… a 50mm or a 35mm… relax and just take pictures. Don't force it or try to make things happen. Don't go out with a specific photo in mind. Go out and try things… experiment. Do things you wouldn't normally do.
You have a delete key. Don't be afraid to use it.
Recently I had a long layover at the Atlanta airport. Last year they opened Concourse F for International flights. It's a beautiful space and designed to allow the architecture to take advantage of the daylight. Since my flight landed in Terminal E and my departure was out of Terminal B, I decided to kill ny time at the Delta Sky Club in Concourse F. With my Leica M9 Rangefinder and rotating through a Summicron 35mm, Summicron 50mm and Summarit 90mm lenses, I spent about an hour shooting maybe 100 frames or so. It was lots of fun and photographically, very satisfying.
Here is a gallery of images from what I took.