Status: surrounded by music, in deep conversation with myself.
Saw this quote recently: “My alone feels so good, I’ll only have you if you’re sweeter than my solitude.” – Warsan Shire
I spend so much time focusing on my solitude as an abnormal state of being that I never (rarely) stop to think that maybe there is nothing wrong with being this way. This is optimal for me, so why feel bad about it?
I originally saw this as a colour photo and not B&W – there’s a collection of red balloons caught in the rafters which I thought created a nice contrasting aesthetic to the background, which is very grey, especially on this particularly overcast day. But, it just didn’t work. The vision I could see in my mind was not congruent with the end result on paper, so I had to adapt. It just looked so much better as a B&W – it told me it would look better as a B&W.
Therein lies the lesson – actively listen, I mean really hear what’s being presented to you, and then respond to it. Adapt. Overcome.
“Practice yourself, for heaven’s sake in little things, and then proceed to greater.” – Epictetus
I’m hitting the wall on this camera, or perhaps I just need a bit more practice? My night photography is producing results with a lot of colour noise, so I have to convert them to B&W in order for them to be usable. So, the camera has limitations and I need to keep the ISO as low as possible. Okay, let’s try again.
Photography practice. I wasn’t sure I’d have anything worth posting this early in the process of learning photography. I’ve been advised that the first 10,000 photos I take will be crap, however this one came out okay. I think
The horizon line is a little off, but I was able to hide that by taking the leaning lamp post out of the frame. One mistake I made was retouching this within Instagram itself, which I was advised not to do. It looks good when viewing it on IG through a mobile device, but looks grainy through a laptop and especially when compared to the original (which is below for comparison’s sake). I definitely won’t do that again.
I definitely like the Black and White photos, so will explore that some more. One of the things that I’ve realised I’m missing is having someone to critique my work. I can’t do this in isolation and need the feedback. So, that’s a problem I’ll have to solve in the short term and as I move forward.
The equipment I used plus settings are listed below: