What? A New Post?
Howdy all! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season, and that you’re all excited for 2014. I know that the site has been dormant for a while, and today, I’d like to discuss a few things, both on a personal level, an artistic level, as well as share some of my thoughts and hopes for 2014.
First of all, the site. We haven’t really had any new content here since PhotoMagic, which was all the way back in October. From a personal standpoint, after PhotoMagic, I kind of took a break from the internet. Sure, I would post photos to Flickr and very occasionally tweet, but to be completely honest, I was burnt out. I needed some time away just to rest and get myself re-invested in what I’ve been doing here for the past few years. Also, there really was nothing of merit for me to bring to the table. I had no new fresh ideas, and to be candid with all of you, I’d rather post things that I find interesting and worthwhile from here on out instead of just posting something on the site for the sake of posting things on the site. I’d like to go for quality rather than quantity from here on out, page views and clicks don’t really matter much to me like they used to.
That said, after taking a little break from the world of blogging and social media, I feel somewhat energized and motivated to start providing content again. I know that these types of blog posts always happen at the start of a new year, it’s kind of cliche, and if I can’t keep up like other sites do, I apologize up front. You really don’t realize the work ethic some folks have until you get placed in their shoes. Being able to pump out daily content that has meaning and substance is pretty darned tough, and credit goes out to those folks, for sure.
So, here we are. It’s 2014. If you’ve read this far, you are at least moderately invested in my opinions, so let’s talk photography. What do I want to accomplish this year? Well, there are a few things. First, I would love to shoot more. Last year, I said that I wanted to shoot less and focus on quality. While that is all well and good, in practicing that, I came away with less “keepers” in 2013 than I ever have before. Some of the shots I got were some of my favorites all time, but I also feel like I wasted some opportunities. So, when I say I want to shoot more, I don’t mean racking up a huge number in a Lightroom library. I mean that I want to take my camera out of my apartment more and use it. Use it, and get better at using it. If that means expanding my horizons from what I’m comfortable shooting, than so be it. Can’t hurt to try.
While the goal of shooting more sounds very serious in writing, one of my other goals for this year is to take my photography less seriously. I fell in love with the art because it was fun and an escape for me. Looking back on my libraries from 2013, lots of my shooting was very forced, like I felt that I had to get out there and get content. I also look at a ton of photos that I never shared with anyone because of the tiniest, slightest imperfections. This year, I want to abandon all of that and have fun shooting again. I feel like if you create a fun and positive environment, the quality should start to flow from there.
Another thing that I’ve already done within the short amount of time we’ve been living in 2014 is slim down on gear. I’ve sold off quite a bit of my stuff already this year, and I’m looking to get rid of more. If anyone is interested in a used Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 and a very lightly used Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 Pancake, let me know and we can talk. Many of my most productive days of shooting recently have been days where I only brought along the camera and one lens. Prime, zoom, didn’t matter. The less time I spend changing out glass or thinking about changing out glass, the more I can free myself to think about taking photos. Having 14 pounds of gear on my back also sucks, and it feels great to walk around and shoot for hours without tons of extra weight attached to me.
Wow, 45 minutes later, and this post has ended up being way longer than I thought it would be. There are also no photos. Since this is technically a photography blog, here are some of my favorite shots from the past few weeks when I was absent from posting.
I hope you guys enjoyed this post. It was rather therapeutic to write it, and seeing something new and worthwhile on the site is nice. If you guys have anything you want to see from myself in the future, please feel free to post it in the comments, I’m always open to ideas. Also, if you would like to help the site out and shop at Amazon, please click on the links here before you buy anything. That way Amazon sends us a little slice of the pie (at no extra cost to you) and helps us stay afloat. Thanks for reading, everyone! Here’s to a great year.