Project – Doors

Canon EOS 5D Mark II 1/10 f/10 ISO 320

 

Whenever I photograph, I always have some photo projects in the back of my mind. With these projects, I always have something to fall back on when I’m not feeling particularly inspired. With that in mind, I try to keep these projects fairly simple. They are always ongoing. Some of them really don’t pan out and others just take some time to build up a decent collection. The one thing that I have had the most success with are doors.

 

Enter If You Dare – New Orleans

 

The two photos above were from Charleston, SC & New Orleans respectively. It was never really much of a challenge in either of those cities to find really great subjects. It felt like cheating. I certainly am aware that the “door” thing has been done before, but that never stopped me from taking a photo. And when your project is simple, you can pretty much get a few shots wherever you might be. In the above cities, I could nearly spend an entire day just photographing doors. But sometimes, you just run across something interesting when you’re not looking.

 

 

I will most certainly make a book of these one day, at the very least just for myself. I am always thinking of new minor projects like these and I just build a collection over time. That’s the cool thing about these kinds of projects – no deadlines, no timetable – just shooting for myself.

 

Happy New Year!

A resolution of sorts – to get back to posting here every day. I have lots of photos to share and have spent the last few weeks of 2014 organizing and tagging them. I have quite a few photo projects swimming around in my head as well. Another resolution is to get those out of my head and into reality. I receive tons of encouragement from many sources and that keeps me going year after year doing what I love.

 

I want to keep learning, keep exploring new ideas and continue never being completely satisfied with past work and looking for ways to make new work unique and exciting to me.

 

Here’s to a New Year!- with one last look back at the old year…

 

 

 

 

Glow Over Chalk Cliffs

A winter break is in order and I will be signing off of blogging and social media until the first of the new year. I need a break to gather thoughts and work on my craft. My winters are usually a time of change, and when I emerge from this one, I’d like to know which direction I’ll be heading. I love the interaction that social media provides. I can browse through a Facebook or Google+ stream and be inspired, learn something new, and stay up to date with loved ones as well. But it does consume minutes and hours and with so few hours of daylight, my time seems very compressed during this part of the year. I have so many items on my to-do list right now and it is just time to get to work. I have lighting to learn, projects to piece together, and a business that needs some direction. I have a crapload of photos on my hard drive that need some organizational attention. I want to study – really study – the work of some of the photographers I consider masters of their craft. These are all things I have put off for these darker winter months and I am simply ready to get down to it.

 

Simplify. Simplify. Simplify.

 

I’ll be back invading your streams in the near future, hopefully with some worthwhile things to share.

 

For now, a photo of a dawn near the Chalk Cliffs of Mount Princeton, an October or so ago. I really miss the mountains and hope that 2014 affords me the chance to get back west.

 

 

The Chalk Cliffs at the base of Mount Princeton