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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Taking a Look, Around Midtown and the Daily Grind

Looking Up, Midtown
Photo by myself, in Midtown.

Two visitors wandered the streets of Midtown, Tuesday afternoon.

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For the last few weeks, I've been going through another rut in taking photos.

It happens. Very often.

Part of the problem, I think, is that it's getting dark so early, now. I will scramble out of the office around 6:30 if I'm lucky, and try to get a few desperate shots in the the fading light.

The other part of the problem is that it's hard to find something new in something you do all the time. How do you look at the same subject with fresh eyes? Often I will get home, scroll through 100 images and not like any. Ugh.

In any creative field, there are bound to be ups and downs. It's my experience though, that when the down time finally passes, I feel that I've learned something. (Not quite sure what the 'something' is, though, I'll have to get back to you on that).

Moral of the story? If you're in a photo rut, hang in there, buddy! It is bound to pass. I'm sure Michelangelo didn't show up to work clicking his heels every day.

This is just how your eyeballs let go of comfortable techniques.

Related posts: Street Corner, in Midtown, Looking Like a Tourist, in Midtown and Say Cheese, in Times Square.

8 comments:

Olivier said...

bien attrape l'expression du passant ;)

s.c said...

I think that what your are telling is the same for every one who makes daily photo's for his blog. Still I am always glad to see the photo's from others and think that is the way to do it . Your blog is one of the kind that gives me that boost again to keep up again.

biebkriebels said...

Yes those doubts are recognizable. I scroll through my photo's thinking is the subject interesting, is it sharp enough, did I place it allready. And then time has gone for half an hour or more. Silly blogging...

Lily Hydrangea said...

I love this photo!!!!
& I know what you mean Kitty. & I have a new technique I use that I 'd like to share with you for when I get in that rut. I simply hold my camera away from me & take random shots in the general direction I want to shoot in. I have gotten some really nice surprises that way-some of my best shots, besides it just being fun, sometimes the shots actually wind up inspiring me by looking at things differently.
I think the most important thing is to just keep taking pictures. Often I look back at old photos and see something I wind up liking that, originally I did not like.

Terry B, Blue Kitchen said...

I get the rut, Kitty. I sometimes hit a wall writing about food, and I only do that once a week! Do follow your own excellent advice and hang in there.

And if you're looking for ideas (aka a request!), that fading light makes for some beautiful building shots, especially when glass towers are involved. No pressure, mind you.

RedPat said...

I find the darkness and all the rain we have had so depressing that i don't feel like going out to shoot but once I do it becomes fun again!

Kitty said...

Thanks Olivier!

Hi SC
It's good to know this is common. I really hate to complain.

I agree, looking at other peoples' photos is another perfect antidote. Thanks for the reminder!

Hi Bieb
ha. We are our own worst critics, aren't we? But that's a good thing.

Thanks Lily
I've heard about these hip shots. It's a cool technique especially since they are often taken at a lower viewpoint and you get some neat angles.

I agree too that looking at a photo later can be different. It's best not to throw out photos that are half decent, because you never know.

Hi Terry
Ha. I do love the building shots. The early morning light is pretty incredible, too, with the sun coursing down the smaller streets. It really makes you think about how the city looked a while ago.

Hi RedPat
I so agree...the weather and change of light has a huge impact on how we see things, and how we perceive time. Winter is upon us!!

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