Lack of Inspiration

17 02 2009

Winter Walk, originally uploaded by kamikaze productions.

It was somewhere around 15-22 degrees Fahrenheit that day. I was planning on doing some portraits in Central Park, but my “date” couldn’t make it. I decided because it was such a well lit day to hang out anyway and see if I could catch some good shots.

It had been awhile since I had just tried to capture landscapes and scenary, and I won’t pretend like it was easy. I felt mediocre at best, couldn’t put anything into frame – it was just rough on my ego. Couple that with the frigid temperature, and well inspiration was clearly absent. I may have taken somewhere in the neighborhood of 50 shots, and luckily I did walk away with a few I could be proud of.

The picture above happened when I was really justt rying to capture some depth by focusing on the shrubs with the majority of the frame lending itself to the walkway. However, a group of young people walked onto the ice and started to trek down the path. I snapped about 10 images making sure i blurred the passerbys on purpose. I thought it would add to the effect. And it did – I have a picture that served its purpose – wintery imagery, depth, and a cool feeling reminiscent of the cold climate.

I learned two lessons from this adventure. 1) When you don’t see anything you want to take pictures of – take the pictures anyway. Frame and re-frame just keep taking pictures until your brain kickstarts or you get a lucky moment. 2) Never ever choose to not shoot just because of a cancellation. I was already on location with gear – worse thing I could have done would be do go home after complaining to myself how cold it was. Keep shooting and never cancel on yourself, a sure fire way to come out with at least one photo to smile about.

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Always Back Up (Redundancy is your Friend)

8 05 2008

The other day, I was trying to format an external hard drive for my girlfriend. However, instead of deleting the partition on her drive, I deleted it on my drive – the drive I keep all my photography (RAW files and edits) on!!! This couldn’t of hurt the soul more. I was on the verge of tears, but the hope was that one layer of zeros wouldn’t prevent a software recovery.

The first recovery program yielded results – it found the files but could not save them for some reason. The second recovery program saved everything in record time! So I immediately backed up my work to an external and re-inserted the photos back into the original drive.

The moral of the story is that it is easy to get lazy with backing up your data, photos, videos, etc…but never forget how crucial it is. We trust computers too much, and sometimes we trust ourselves too much, but anything can happen. I’m pretty good with computers and I made a fairly simple mistake. So learn from me, if you don’t back up at least your most important stuff daily, try ever week, maybe on a Sunday. On my Mac I use time machine, which is incredibly easy. On my desktop pc, I just drag and drop all my new files over to the external hdd. It is easy, and it provides at least some assurance, and that can mean the world to you when it comes down to your passions being flushed out of existence!