As you may have noticed, my photography Friday posts have been spotty to non-existent lately. I think this reflects the fact that changes need to be made in both how I do photography and how I do these posts. First, although I like doing fiction reviews on saturday, I think I’m going to swap days. From now own I’ll have a “Snapshot Saturday” as part of the corresponding meme and will post fiction on Friday. This means that if I realize at the last minute that I have no pictures to post, it’s a weekend and I can go out and take some.
Additionally, I recently entered some of my photography in the state fair and all of them got rejected. Disappointing, but also a cause for reflection. I’m happy with my photography. I’ve learned how to use my camera in manual or aperture priority mode to achieve the effects I want, including a thin focus on my subject with a blurred background. I even know how to intentionally create bocca! But I’ve plateaued. I currently take pictures whenever I happen to have the time, without any advance planning or intentional practice of my technical skills and I’d really like that to change. Currently I take good pictures, but I live within driving distance of a bird sanctuary and 18 waterfalls – I should be able to take great photos, if I simply devote the time to planning and practicing. So that’s what I’m going to do. Expect to see occasional Snapshot Saturdays that include photography book reviews, notes on what skills I’m practicing, and hopefully improving pictures