Last night as I was pulling out one of my favorite books for my Lenten reflection, a bookmark fell out. Not any bookmark; a bookmark that I made many years ago from one of my photographs. I was floored, to say the least. I didn't remember that I made cool stuff at one point. What I realized though is that I lost something very important in my photography journey: shooting from the heart.
Although I have hugely improved (technically) from 2007, I am missing that I just shot what I loved and what made my heart sing. I know it is still in my heart, however I need to unclutter it from all the technical things that I have learned over the years.
Understanding light, the exposure triangle, and clean processing is important in the digital world. However I personally have forgotten the joy that it used to bring. Now, when I see a scene, I always second guessing myself. I am concerned about composition, light, exposure, and forget to take the shot.
When I started with digital photography I took shots that inspired me. I wasn't concerned about what others think about my photography. I loved what I was doing. Last year I was rejected in several places and wanted to put down my camera for good.
BUT...photography as a creative outlet for me. I sit in a cube from Monday through Friday, so my heart aches to do something just for me. Something that brings joy in the mundane world of accounting. Last August, I took an online workshop that was talking about heart and vision. I saw little glimpses of my passion and vision during that workshop. However, that was not enough to really rekindle my passion.
Today, as I was formatting images from the past, I made a commitment to myself: shoot again without hesitation. Shoot from the heart and what inspires me. I don't want to be consumed what others think and say. Yes, I want to do it correctly, but I don't want the technical stuff get in the way of my passion.
Here are some images from the past and one image that I took this morning after formatting the old photographs:
Date: 11/08/08 - ISO: 640 - f5.6 - 1/250 - 235mm
Date: 09/05/09 - ISO: 200 - f4.5 - 1/500 - 50mm
Date: 03/13/10 - ISO: 800 - f5.6 - 1/15 - 250mm
Date: 02/10/16 - ISO: 640 - f22 - 1/40 - Edge80
Thank you for stopping by today...Remember: do not loose the passion and vision you have for your own photography journey. The passion is what drives us and made us pick up the camera in the first place.
Until next time, keep smiling.