Good Morning

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“Our plans miscarry because they have no aim. When a man does not know what harbor he is making for, no wind is the right wind.” – Seneca

If I’m being honest, my aim is pretty scattershot. I feel like I’m just spinning my wheels and not making much progress. And more importantly, not focusing on the important things while allowing myself to become distracted way too easily. Procrastination is an enemy, actually it seems to be something I’m embracing as a form of self-flagellation. This is ingrained behaviour and is proving to be a difficult habit to break. Borderline OCD to the point of it becoming ritualised and therefore a perceived necessity in order to achieve a balanced, “normal” sense of being. I need to replace these rituals with something more productive, but what?

In the meantime, the search for the next job opportunity continues. I really don’t want to go back to that corporate life, but at the same time it may be the best option in order to protect my downside while I sort the rest of it out.

More to come…

Nikon D3400
1/30 sec
f/9
40mm
ISO 3200

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Stepping Forward

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“The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best.” – Epictetus

Today came almost completely off the rails. Didn’t quite get done all I wanted to do, and spent too much time on Muted Tones/Dark and Moody Lightroom tutorials only to discover that my LR settings were better than anything I was able to glean from YT.

Suspect that this means I’m becoming more comfortable with using Lightroom and can now process/edit my own photos without having to rely on other people’s presets.

Ok, I’ll take that as a step forward for the win. Maybe today wasn’t such a write off after all.

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

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Looking to the Horizon

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Might’ve stepped on this one just a little bit too much. Next up, studying colour and contrasts. Don’t really understand how these, uh, peacefully coexist within a picture in order to create a pleasing aesthetic and also tell a story. Prefer not to wing it going forward.

On that note, it’s almost time to move onto the next thing. I’m not gaining much traction on the current tack and think that I should take advantage of the open sea to chart a new course.

More to come…..

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

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A Poor Workman Blames His Tools

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More muted tones. I’ve been bumping my head against the limitations of my current rig and thinking about upgrading, and then I see this. A musician with the most well worn gear which is in dire need of replacement, who then proceeds to make the most beautiful music with it. A poor workman blames his tools. More practice for me.

Nikon D3400
1/125 sec
f5.3
48mm
ISO 8000

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Good Morning

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My system is creaking at the seams, and I’m starting to hit my head against the limitations of my camera equipment and computer. The question is: do I keep the current rig and continue to practice/learn and get better, or do I pull the trigger on some new gear and take that next step?

Ballpark cost for the new rig – camera, lenses and computer – will be around 7 grand. I can afford it, however I don’t want to spend that kind of money and then end up producing content which can be produced from my current set up. I’m also not getting paid for this, and am aware that the content I’m producing is not quite good enough for sale.

On the other hand, the new equipment will allow me to produce the kind of content I really want to create. I definitely lean a little more towards the visual art, and the photography is just a tool, a canvas, to create the art.

I’ll need to mull this over some more…….

Nikon D3400
1/125 sec
f5.6
55mm
ISO 1800

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Muted Tones

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“Let men see, let them know, a real man, who lives as he was meant to live.” – Aurelius

Playing around with some muted tones. Thought it might fit the composition of this photo nicely.

Nikon D3400
1/125 sec
f5.6
55mm
ISO 6400

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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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