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What? A New Post?

By Cory Disbrow on January 6th, 2014   |    Posted in:  Beyond Photography   |    9 Comments

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.

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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.

 

9 Comments

  1. Julie P   |   Jan 6, 2014

    Thank you! Thank you for this post and sharing your thoughts and thank you for all the wonderful, wonderful photos you so generously share here and on Flickr. Yours is the one and only Flickr site I bookmark. I love seeing your view of the world and how you capture it. However much or however little you choose to share, just follow your bliss. I’m a mom, so when we visit Disney I can barely get my family to hold still for a few quick shots, never mind getting those really lovely pictures I WANT to get. Seeing yours fills that void and makes me smile. Thank you!

  2. Kyle Sherman   |   Jan 6, 2014

    I apologize in advance to anyone reading this who doesn’t live in driving distance to the parks – I probably come off as a spoiled brat to you.

    Often, I think we “Disney Photographers” forget the luxury that we have when it comes to Disneyland. As a photographer you’re always looking for something exotic, and with items that are exotic, you only get “one chance” to get the right shot. You’ve spent tons of money, time, and energy getting yourself to a special location and finding the perfect angle. So you end up constantly engaged in the event, and when it comes time to setup for that “one shot” you’re double checking every last detail and nuance – and stressing out the whole time.

    But the thing is, Disneyland and Disney World… they aren’t going anywhere. And if you live close enough to be an annual Passholder or “frequent” visitor, you don’t NEED to plan ahead – you can keep the process organic. Why? Because if you go home and find out that everything you took that day was crap, you can always go back.

    I learned this lesson midway through last year and I think I’ve benefited a lot from it. Not only has it made my increasingly stressful trips much less, but it’s also helped me improve my photography.

    When I go to Disneyland these days I travel light, and if I can’t get a shot that I want to take with my current equipment I jot it down on my phone and try again another time. There’s no rush – that pirate has been swinging on that lightpole for a few decades and he’s probably going to be there a few more decades.

  3. Willard Miller   |   Jan 6, 2014

    I really appreciated the fact that you said you are gearing down. I’ll never be a professional photographer but even I have noticed that I take a lot more pictures the simpler the camera gear. You just see something that interests you and take a picture. I liken this to the old Disney ride where the music was “Makin’ Memories” to me that’s what a camera is all about.
    Love your Disney a Day and look forward to it every morning.

  4. Monochome Eye   |   Jan 6, 2014

    Welcome Back! I have the site captured on Nevibes and hadn’t seen any new content for a while. I went through the same thing you are a few years back. Ditching the Nikon D2 and lenses for a MFT (Oly OMD) with a “Trinity”of primes (17mm, 45mm and 75mm). THis makes a great park kit. It all fits in a small fanny pack with a gorilla pod. In the parks light is the way to go.

  5. Laura B   |   Jan 6, 2014

    This was one of the more enjoyable posts I’ve read – because I’ve been feeling so much of the same things myself. Being in a photography program for the past three years, I’ve HAD to go out and shoot, and while I have truly learned a lot in class, I’ve lost the spark that I used to get. I’m going to find that spark again this year, by shooting when/what I want (this will include multiple trips to Disney).

    In reply to those photos you’ve held back b/c of someone “imperfection”, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve started to hold back a photo b/c of something I didn’t like, and that photo wound up being the most popular photo of a trip/folder/album/etc. Not that it didn’t have mistakes, but so many times, other people found merit in something I’d overlooked. I’m slowly learning to share more.

    Now, about that 50mm 1.4…..

  6. Larry White   |   Jan 9, 2014

    Well said Cory. You know my feelings on this whole subject and I’m right there with you! Happy New Year!

  7. Pat sheridan   |   Jan 9, 2014

    I am hopeless at photography but we travel from Scotland to holiday in the magic often
    We use your photographs to keep our memories alive and appreciate them greatly. Please know how far and wide that your work is appreciated. Please keep going
    Two fans from Scotland

  8. Dan Heaton   |   Jan 10, 2014

    I just discovered your blog, and these photos are amazing! I’m really looking forward to following your work in the future. I love the Mission Space photo; it’s too bad the attraction inside doesn’t match the grandeur of the outside.

  9. Cory Disbrow   |   Jan 10, 2014

    Thanks to everyone for all the kind words. I plan on doing my best this year to keep things going and keep sharing content for all of you!

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