I was inspired by a quote that for the life of me I can't remember it verbatim but the general idea was that as a photographer one should strive to be the photographer you once were.
Here are a few images back when I had my starter camera and a new lens, the right light, and happy subjects. It may be time to wipe the dust off my old faithful camera and create the magic that I loved from before...
...way before I was caught by the wave of actions and confused by what sort of photographer I should be. Well, I just was myself producing these rich shots full of color and wonder. Sometimes, I feel that actions and presets are ways to turn mediocre shots to good shots...sometimes even great ones. However, they are ultimately distractions. At least to me they are. Sometimes I spend more time figuring out what effect I should use rather than looking at the picture and letting it speak to me. These images speak volumes by themselves without any frills.
I wonder...wonder if I should toss all those notions of actions and presets and just be me, again. I'm full of self-doubt or it's just my usual self-loathing that I do from time to time. Not quite sure why I do it. It's probably a way for me to clean house. A way to get rid of the things that are cluttering my creativity and blocking me from getting the images I want. What I really want is to "wow" myself again.
These images "wow" me. I love the colors, the crispness, the splash suspended in time and the emotion that was captured on this trip to Key West in 2009. I absolutely love these. As I type this, I'm thinking back at the time. It was late afternoon, early evening...the sweet light. I was shooting with my nikon d50 and using my new lens at the time, the nikon 85mm. What I captured was simple and pure.