It’s a mind thing
First, I’ll start off with a totally original photo, that no one else has attempted before – the “seagull on a post” pic! :-)
As you can tell by my sarcasm with the accompanying photo, I haven’t been thrilled with my output as of late. Sure I have been through some growing pains experimenting with new gear, trying to find a balance between image quality and portability. That aside, I know the real reason is that I simply haven’t been in the groove of constantly shooting and searching. I have been somewhat distracted with my house repairs and other things and my somewhat new employment that, although less taxing on my time, requires me to have a bit more concentration than my previous line of work. Couple those things with simply not purposely going out to shoot and I end up with results that echo what I put into it. Garbage in = garbage out.
The funny thing is the camera is always there. I have one with me most of the time, even when out running errands. And I’m always on the lookout for suitable subjects and good light (although I can never seem to find both together). But my mind has been lazy and I haven’t been doing that final push that is required to compose a shot and snap the shutter. I have seen potential shots but I used excuses to not take them like “I can’t find a place to park the car”, or “I don’t want anybody to wonder what I am doing”, and other dumb things that I have gotten over in the past, which resulted in me getting some good photos that I wouldn’t have gotten otherwise if I didn’t push myself.
So, I know what I have been doing wrong – it’s time to kick myself!