I've been trying to get out and about with the camera lately. I'm also trying to include more people in my images, which is rather difficult for me personally.
For some reason I find it incredibly difficult to photograph on the streets. But I've been giving myself assignments to push my personal boundaries. In a sense, I'm training for my trip early in 2014 to China. This is a once in a lifetime trip for me and I want to come back with images I'm proud of once it's completed. This is easier said than done.
This is an image from Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco. I watched the steam rising up on a brisk, but not cold, night and found it interesting. The gentleman behind the counter was jovially entertaining the tourists and I thought, what the heck, I should be able to make an image here with no issues so I started shooting away. I think it worked out for me on this image.
I spent some time in the Badlands of South Dakota this week. It's a uniquely beautiful place. It's hard to make photographs though, similar to my experience in Joshua Tree. These aren't great but they are a reflection of what I saw.
I'm currently on a 2 week road trip through Wyoming, Montana, North and South Dakota and finally, Minnesota. I've been to MN but the other 4 states will complete visits to all 50 states for me. I've also been to Puerto Rico as well. These are the first images from the trip.
I covered a little over 800 miles on the first day and ended up in Jackson, WY on the first night. This morning I got up and started looking for images. These are the favorites of the day.
I constantly experiment with my photography. Without this process I don't think I'd ever make a good image. Ths image, I really want to work but it just doesn't for some reason. I've tried to figure out why this is but can't seem to put my finger on exactly why it isn't a good image. I just know that it isn't.
Despite this, I keep trying and I can't figure out why I do. But maybe it's because, like others' hobbies, it keeps me sane. For a few hours, on a early morning, all I think about is photography. These are a few hours of respite from all the other BS that seems to consume my life. In conversation with others I don't think this is a rarity. This makes me feel better in many ways.
I want this image to work; I really do. So I'll go back, set up the camera, compose, expose and once again, trip the shutter. I may never show a mistake again but I doubt it. The experimentation is part of the process to an image I'm proud of. This one didn't make it but who's to say, that on some future early morning, I don't get something I can say I made and be happy in doing so.