It’s almost halfway through January already, and I’ve only taken the cameras out once to shoot some frames while hiking. Still don’t have the “best of” of posts up here like I was supposed to, oh, a week ago. We’re off to a slow start here at TRP in 2013.
Why, you ask? Well, if I had to drill down to the most basic answer, I’d call it a lack of motivation. I just haven’t gotten up, gotten the gear, and gotten out nearly as much as I should have. Too many evenings where I’ve gotten home and done chores – or lounged – instead of heading to the park. Blah – I’m not really happy about it, but I’m the only one who can fix it.
The weather certainly hasn’t helped, and the current thaw/rainshowers are erasing the snow and leaving a mucky brown landscape. And I want to get some new lenses and sell a couple of the ones I have, and as I surf the net and look at the work of other photographers I start to feel inferior and untalented. I need some cheese with my whine.
And you know what? This is all just a bunch of excuses. The real problem is that I’ve settled into a pattern of laziness and it’s hard to break free. Laziness is comfortable; it doesn’t tax you. But it’s also completely unfulfilling, and in the back of my head my creative voice is starting to scream for some release.
So a hike Thursday evening and some time with the camera, brushing the dust off. And there was dust. For instance, I hit the WB button every single time I wanted to adjust the ISO. Just couldn’t get it right, but a little practice will fix that.
So here’s the plan:
- I’m going to finally get the 2012 year-end posts up and wrap that all up
- I’m going to get my butt out into the field more often and really work on making some images, continuing some projects, and continuing with others
- I’m going to slow down and work a little more carefully, more thoughtfully, instead of always being on the move
- I’m going to reach out to a couple of my favorite models – and perhaps a few new ones – and get some portraiture sessions on the books. We’ll have some fun, get some new material, and just enjoy the heck out of it.
It’s a short list, but it’s a starting point. To paraphrase John Wayne, I’m burning daylight. It’s time to hit the trail.