Artist’s block.

Anyone know how to get around it?
What helps you?

Have a photo of some roses.
I can’t wait for spring.

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The continued process of self-development.

That sounds very fancy, doesn’t it?

One of the practices I got in to when studying art & design formally (at college) was self-reflection
and development. I would take a photo or create a piece of work & then
evaluate it myself.
Art schools LOVES that kinda thing. & it’s a great habit to get into as an artist.
Being able to judge the success of your work & what went well
or needs improving is very important.
It’s also great to look back at what you’ve done & see how much you’ve progressed.

Here are two shots I took over the past week, with the tech specs &
some self-critique.

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ISO 400 | f4.6 | 1/90 secs
Focusing on these details particularly as I’ve been working on the “exposure triangle”.
I’ve also been working on altering the white balance (WB) in JPEGs in Adobe Lightroom.
The manual controls for aperture on my bridge camera aren’t fantastic,
but I think I achieved my desired effect with the depth of field.
Fairly pleased with the exposure as it happens, I didn’t need to do a lot of post-processing
to be happy with it.

 

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ISO 400 | f4.2 | 1.55 secs
Nyeh. I like the photo but not so pleased with the clarity of the frost.
Not sure if that’s a PP issue or just the composition.
Again, didn’t edit this a great deal as I felt the exposure was okay
for the “feel” I was aiming for. Hmmm.

“Just enjoy what you have right now”

Slightly cryptic, forgive me.

This isn’t the most perfect photo. Not the most perfect exposure, composition, editing, etc.

But.

Today I was thinking about the title of this post (which I wasn’t intending to write)
as it’s a piece of advice I’m often given! I’m the first to admit that I spend
too much time worrying about things that haven’t happened yet.
But today, the sun finally came out behind the fog (gotta love the UK!),
and it was beautiful.

So this is the most perfect photo because I was so happy when I took it.
I enjoyed what was happening,
for what it was.

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I’ve always found introductions awkward.

I like taking photographs. This is an example of a photograph I took.

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A lot of my images are taken just because something caught my eye, I thought it was pretty and wanted to keep it forever.
When I look back through my photos, I can remember how I felt at the time I took it,
whether I was happy or nervous or even just felt under
pressure to “be a photographer”
and take a photo.

I love the structure and design in things and I really like this clock
on our mantlepiece. At the risk of being cliched, I was anxiously
waiting at the time I took this. Quite literally
“zooming onto the clock”.

Here is some information about me, to make things easier on both of us.

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