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! 🙂

© David Guidas

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!



  One thought on “It’s a mind thing

  1. August 2, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    David, this is a beautiful photo! I can relate to your frustration with finding balance. But I always see artistry in your photos, so I know you are thoughtful and serious (not lazy) about your compositions and finding good light. You are gifted, but you do not recognize how talented you are. I think that is a common thing – it is hard to be objective about our own work. That is ok, just keep doing what you are doing because many people love it!

    • August 3, 2012 at 9:30 pm

      Thanks Karen. I never really think anything I post is a bad shot, believe me I have plenty of those that get unseen, its just that I know I can put a little more effort into it. Yes, I am not lazy when it comes to the craft of taking and processing photos, but I have been lazy to make the effort to start the process. Like I said, I have my actual life going on right now (all good things) and once things settle a little I’ll be able to focus again. Besides the long bright summer days are not very kind to my photography style anyhow.

  2. August 2, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    I totally understand! There are days when, yeah, it’s a “throw-away” post, just to keep posting. But don’t be so hard on yourself. You’ve got stuff going on! It is sucking your energy. Understandable. You’ll get your rhythm back. It may not be the same as before, but it will come.

    • August 3, 2012 at 9:33 pm

      Thanks Carissa. Your support means a lot. I’ll get back to it once I figure some things out. Temporary inconveniences for permanent improvements, as they say.

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