Fallout

I’ve been running around like crazy over the past week and have had very little time to process, and even less time to feel inspired.

I’ve been very happy with the 3 images I’ve put up on the site this week; 2 model shots having never done them before, and yesterday’s Urbex shot which has made the front page of Flickr Explore – thanks to everyone for your support and sharing of it.

However, feeling uninspired and without a batch of images in reserve I couldn’t for the life of me get an image I was 100% happy with for today. What to do in these circumstances? Do you take a day off from posting, or do you post one anyway just to get it out there?

I chose the latter, as if I start taking days off here and there I can see that I will become far too critical of myself and this photoblog will turn from a daily post to one that is only updated when I have a single image I feel is worthy.

Also, I could come back here tomorrow and really quite like the shot I’ve put up – just because I don’t really like it today doesn’t mean it’s not an okay image. I’m not looking for any to validate this image either, but those who do leave comments are always very much appreciated. Thank you for coming back day after day – you guys rock!

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Further to a suggestion from Mark I’ve gone ahead and bought Light: Science and Magic: An Introduction to Photographic Lighting by Steven Biver. I’ve decided lighting is certainly something I want to know more about and start working with. It’s for the iPad so I hope the reading experience is the same as if it were in book form, I’ve had a few issues in the past with a couple of books missing images, and they’re possibly quite important on this one – we’ll see.

The second thing I want to do is start entering the Lego Wars contests held by Chris Nitz. They look like a fun series and it will help to get the creative juices flowing as well as allow me practice a little light work. Time to load up on Lego characters I guess.

23 thoughts on “Fallout”

  1. There’s a lot to like in this image – neat view! Your mood is familiar to me – and it is amazing how looking at an image one day and the next can be so different! Hate to call photography a grind, but it can test your creative eye and it does feel like a grind at times. I also think it’s important to ‘look’ for something to post worthy even though we can’t see it – seems to help generate the creative juices in us! Keep up the good work mate!

  2. Fantastic processing. I really like how the tall building is so different from the rest of the scene. Marvelous city landscape!

  3. Congrats on the front page of Flickr Explore, an achievement well deserved. I’ve been thinking of joining Lego wars myself, it seems like it would be a lot of fun, and something different.

  4. I think it’s a good choice to take a day or two off and put out only what you think is your best work – what I’ve started doing. This is a great image – perspective is awesome and the processing works well for it.

  5. I find that sometimes when I don’t want to put up an image, but I do it anyway, it still turns out great even if it’s not my favorite. Usually someone finds something good about it, which makes me feel better in the end. It’s easy to become super critical of our own works. This, for instance, is a great shot, although a bit scary when combined with the title!

  6. I can so identify with what you’ve said above! Glad I’m not the only one (well, I kind of knew that really, but it’s always good to have it confirmed) – sometimes it’s just “not happening” creatively, or so we think – we are our own harshest critics and you can bet that others will like what we do even when we initially don’t.

    This is very moody and atmospheric, almost harks back to an earlier time in London…

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