Solitude

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Good morning.

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?

Nikon D3400
1/320 sec
f/9
55mm
ISO 100

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Missing Pieces

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Good morning.

“Let not your mind run on what you lack as much as on what you have already.” – Marcus Aurelius

Current status: cold. small. rummaging around in the dark corners of my mind looking for things I don’t have.

Coveting thy neighbour as a form of self-flagellation. I’ll add that to the list of ways I punish myself. Or can I use it as a form of aspiration?

Nikon D3400
1/20 sec
f/5.6
18mm
ISO 1600

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Active Listening

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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.

Nikon D3400
1/50 sec
f16
35mm
ISO 800

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Practice

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“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.

But, I still want a better camera……

Nikon D3400
1/320 sec
f/9
35mm
ISO 100

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People Watching

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Note to self: having people walking towards the camera makes for a better photo, I think. I can see their faces, which is the most interesting part.

Nikon D3400
1/30 sec
f11
18mm
ISO 400

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Photography Practice

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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.

_DSC0173I 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:

Nikon D3400

F-stop: f/5.6

Exposure time: 1/30 sec

ISO: 6400

Focal length: 29mm

Max aperture: 4.1

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