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The assignment involved more introspection than field practice in that I had to identify particular activities from a given list, and note which ones generated energy and a sense of accomplishment.
- Intention to photograph
- Seeing a subject
- Exploring/studying a subject with camera
- Review of your images
- Getting an end result-on the wall, web, etc...
- Understanding your images
- Sharing with others
- Receiving feedback
I know that the Intention to photograph is the most exciting for me. I schedule a day where I'm going somewhere, just to take pictures. A few weeks ago, I went out to the beach. I was psyched up to go, even though I would travel 50 miles one way and had no one to go with me. I had a great time, wandering all around and snapping and composing photographs with no thought to time. However, it was cut short due to repeatedly feeling faint. (Inadequate breakfast = low blood sugar) I photographed the ocean scenes, but did not get over to the quaint village shops. That will be for another trip.
Last week, I went to a local garden/museum and again, psyched up to go alone, even with the threat of rain. I meandered the trails, enjoying the serenity and the beauty that radiated down when the sun peaked out from the heavy clouds. Again, there was no time limit. (The rain did hit, but I had already finished taking outdoor pictures and I was in the museum, where photography was not permitted)
I have another trip planned in the near future, going to meet up with someone I met online at another photography page on Facebook. She lives further south here in Southern California, but we will meet halfway, and visit a Spanish mission that is part of California's history. That will be a really fun day!
Having a purpose for photographing a subject is also inspiring in that I know exactly what I am taking pictures of. This course, along with the Basics Course, provides reasons to capture certain subjects or formats, and it has been an exciting learning experience.
It's the anticipation of photographing beautiful things that I seem to enjoy the most! Seeing a potential subject is also very stimulating. So often, I notice great photo ops while driving. Rarely do I stop, but when I do, I am rewarded! I sometimes share the photo on Facebook or other sites and I like the feedback I receive.
I like looking at the outcome of the photos, but not so fond of the editing process. It feels like I'm cheating if I have to tweak the hues or contrast. I'm not a perfectionist- I just want to learn to get it right the first time!
I'm not sure yet if I can recognize my inspiration, other than the obvious- that I like to photograph things in nature. I have such a sense of peace and tranquility when lost in the zone of photographing nature. For me, it is a great escape from my very stressful job. Is that good enough of an answer?