May the New Year’s blessings be kind to you and your families.
Looking back at 2011, it was a year of change, growth, fun, friends and discovery. Yes, it was a good year, and also a not so good year, for me.
I found myself taking a really hard look at what I wanted to accomplish, and how I was going to get there. That meant, making changes. Now, we all know that change can be difficult and sometimes not very much fun. I found myself not enjoying photography as much as I used to. I spent quite a bit of 2011 feeling that way. It wasn’t until the end of 2011 did I start to rebound and find the joy I once had for creative expression.
So how did I recover, you ask? I looked, honestly, at what wasn’t working in my life. Where did I lose the joy? Once I did that, I was able to piece it all back together, bit by bit. I am so grateful for my partner, Rebekah, as she has the patience of a saint, and the compassion I only wish I had. She truly is my source. Thank you, Rebekah.
I spent more time behind the computer than behind a camera in 2011. One of the goals I had set for myself was to pick apart my workflow and see where I could make improvements which would result in a higher quality of work. So I intentionally spend more time digging deeper into my photo editing software (Lightroom, Photoshop, NIK Color Efex, Topaz, Fractalius).
Towards the end of the year, sometime around November, I had reached a point where I was so frustrated with the quality of my work. When I compared the number of frames shot with the number of frames deleted, I decided it was time to look closer at my workflow when out in the field. It was here where I feel I made my biggest breakthrough. Too many times, when out shooting, I cursed myself for not bringing the right equipment or not being prepared for a certain situation. I’m talking about not bringing spare batteries, not bringing a monopod, not bringing the right lens, etc., etc. I have even been guilty of picking up my camera, starting to shoot without checking the settings on my camera. This can be a bad thing, especially when you shoot under different lighting situations, indoors vs. outdoors.
I remember posting in a recent blog entry about taking time to slow down. Well, this is a constant issue of mine, one that I feel impacts me immensely, both while out in the field and when behind the computer, as well. If there is one thing I truly feel I need to improve upon, it is this. Slowing down goes against my grain and I resist it. Yes, I am very impatient.
Lastly, but certainly not least, I learned to recognize the true gems I have in my life. I am so inspired and appreciative of the many people who have contributed to me and who have shared their time and thoughts with me. You are a blessing. Thank you.
So now I look forward with enthusiasm, excitement and anticipation. I see big things happening for me in 2012.