With an 80% chance of rain my Sunday afternoon session was rescheduled for a Sunday morning session. We barely missed the rain and ended up having our shoot at the local park. But that being complete the rain passed by four and I took my Red Heeler Pup, Pumpkin out for a long walk.
But it was a good session anyways....
My love of photography has absolutely nothing to do with humans. It is actually the opposite. I love photography because it gives me the ability to be an observer. Which, living a life as feeling like an observer looking in on human interaction, photography is something I enjoy greatly.
But, I'm afraid I spend too much time recently looking at the work of other photographers. I've become a critic. I've always enjoyed fine art and art history so I've always had the heart of an art critic (and none of the talent).
I hate "almost good photos"- I see MANY people selling themselves as portrait photographers who are "almost good" photographers. It's a pet peeve to see people paying money for something that is "almost good"- I hope that when I sell photography I am giving a "good' product. I hope that it is more than "almost good"-- so what is a pet peeve of mine about the Momtographers is someone who can do a nice portrait set up with thought into the props and what they use to take the photos, but the photographer clearly has no awareness of what a in focus photo is! I like in focus photos.
So photography is a field where you are either a hypercritical jerk or you have zero awareness of what good photography is or you love absolutely everything you see. I found a post on Facebook by a photographer who seemed to be relatively popular with lots of likes critizing a website that makes fun of bad photography. Yet, this photographer isn't giving away her information freely either; while saying photographers must support one another- she is making money by offering workshops. I kind of miss the days (four or five years ago when I had zero awareness). It's much easier thinking you are "good" at something rather than actually being good at it. Maybe it's the awareness.
But once you are aware - do you become less willing to take risks? Because you're aware of your shortcomings or your capabilities.
Pumpkin wouldn't leave my side and go exploring with Ozzie. She's a good girl.
I'm glad I spent years playing with photography before I seriously began studying the technical side of it.
I only recently noticed how the sun was setting in this field.
To me, photography is about observation. I may spend my time doing paid shoots more now, but it is still about observation. It is not about people. I observe their behavior. I observe how they treat their children when they want to get a "good picture"- I observe their patience or personalities, but it is still me observing behind the lens.
The sunset was amazing, but I left my 24/70 lens at home on my other camera. I was stuck with the 70/200 and the 50mm, I did have the wide angle lens which wasn't quite what I wanted but I got this shot. I hate the powerlines.
So here we are a week before Christmas and nearly into the year 2015. I can't believe it. Time flies when you're getting old I guess. So that is all from tonight as I battle an enormous mountain of laundry in hopes of finding the bottom of the laundry table. I'm not sure I have deep philosophical musings but I guess I haven't yet found the meaning of life, so I will continue to live.