While searching through some old photos recently, I was reminded of the importance of re-visiting and potentially re-editing images that we may have taken a while ago but overlooked. We sometimes have a large photo shoot, but only pick one or two "standout" images to edit, share or print. We can end up ignoring several other very good images that deserve a little tweeking and airing. We also tend to learn new editing skills over time, and this opens up the potential for re-visiting some of our older images.
The images in this blog post are classic examples of this. Some creative mono conversion has unveiled a collection of shots that were simply sitting on my hard drive, potentially never to see the light of day. Food for thought? Geoff
I've begun to be quite a fan of photo projects recently. I find that it's very easy to be unfocussed (no pun intended ;-) ) when my photographic activity consists of going out to find something that might be interesting to shoot. Sometimes I'll come home with a few good images, but this is by good luck rather than good management or discipline. However when I set myself a photo project with a particular theme and style, I find it far more likely that I can produce a series of images that I am proud of.
I've just recently added an extra set of pages to my website under the general heading of Projects , and added 2 photo projects that I did some work on during 2011.
The first is Streams which is a series of monochrome images in which I explored the movement of water in mountain streams. I chose to present them in mono because the emphasis could more readily be on light and water movement, free of the distraction that colour can sometimes bring to images.
The second is one I completed over the Christmas break, titled Shoreline , and again, the images are in monochrome to emphasise form and texture that can be found just by simply taking a stroll along the ocean shoreline for a couple of hours.
My happiness with the way these have turned out from an artistic point of view have given me encouragement to continue to set myself photo projects. Why not give it ago yourself ?!
Geoff, January 2012
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