Aimlessly Pontificating on Photography

So Far.

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I’ve been at the 365 thing for 6 months now (just a few days shy) and it has been both hard and easy, disappointing and fulfilling. One thing it has not been: boring.

I’ll try not to be too tedious today, but having completely impulsively decided to take at least one picture a day for the year on the first January, I am now stuck doing this for at least six months more.

The First

I supposed that I had some vague and ephemeral idea that I would try to take good pictures everyday. Though surely not. It certainly hasn’t worked out that way, in any event. As you can see (to the right) things didn’t start off with a bang.

It was a scene I liked, with the backyard and snow through the sliding doors and the soft and dreary light in my aunt’s kitchen. But this gives an idea of where I was in terms of what I was seeing at the beginning of the project. Nothing much.

So it was hard at first, partially because there was a challenge finding something to photograph in dreary suburban Scarborough in the heart of winter, but also because I was (and still am) working on seeing when I look.

Returning to Guyana made things a bit easier at first. I had my own transportation and could get around to places whenever I wanted. But it also gave me a much wider range of subjects.

Urban Hurry

The suddenly easier hunting probably set me back developing that “eye” to spot the scenes that I would like to photograph. Because they were all around me, for a while it was less of a challenge.

On the other hand, what had been forced to develop in Canada stood me in good stead and I think the overall quality of my compositions went up noticeably after my return. So did the number of “good” images I was taking.

Like all good things, however, the easy run has been slowly tapering off. I have had to get back to being very determined and directed in my search for a shot.

Why is it worth all this headache? Because in six months so far every aspect of my photography has improved tremendously. From ease in composing, to control of my gear, to the ability to “see” a good shot. I’ve even gotten better at being in the right place, at the right time.

Right Place, Right Time.

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3 responses

  1. I do believe that your project has made you a better photographer, and I would encourage you to keep it up, even if only for selfish reasons, you have included me in your journey at times and I am better for it myself 🙂

    June 28, 2010 at 9:13 am

  2. Thanks for your very heartening comment on my Sarah in South America blog! That entry was from last year: I’ve been blogging quietly elsewhere this year, but I’ve just transferred some of the entries into this public one. So if you want any more news for Aishalton, have another look!
    I particularly loved your June 21 window, by the way…

    June 28, 2010 at 2:48 pm

  3. Your post is very relevant to my photographic journey. Your experience with Canada vs. Guyana highlights the struggle a photographer must face in finding suitable subject matter. I can see how your Canada experience hones your skills, forcing to make the most out of less than ideal conditions.

    I am permanently stuck in the “hard” mode because the aseptic and characterless nature of my surroundings. My photographic heart is Asia somewhere, maybe China, or Thailand, or Laos. But it’s practically impossible in the near future for me to manage a trip there. So I am forced to continue “honing” my skills with what’s available. I’d gladly take a break from that, though.

    By the way, French Guyana seems like an amazing place to run around with a camera!

    June 29, 2010 at 9:43 pm

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