In Retrospect – The Alternatives

A bit less than two years into posting my blogs, I recently have been pondering why I am doing it and what is my short-term or long-term goals.
I post my blog every Wednesday since I started and I have not broken once. I have been faithful to maintain the integrity of my content, i.e. to tell the true stories behind it. Either I share exactly what comes to my mind or where my imagination takes me. I can sometimes wander and roam without an end, but most of the time, the truth comes and it brings me freedom and ease to simply talk about it.
Grab a bit of sunshine on this autumn day.

It has something to do with my family trait and my personality. If I am onto something, I want to do it right and good. The consistent posting forces me to take more pictures and the process has gradually and greatly helped me to unfold the mystery behind the camera, one layer at a time. I am learning every day and there are still mountains of knowledge to be explored. Foremostly I am getting a fresh perspective on life through the lens and that is priceless and unspeakable.

At the end of last year, I looked at the pictures I took throughout the year and smiled at a considerable amount of them. However, when I am re-examining my efforts one year after, I found fewer images make it to my faves list.  I realized that I am not as easily pleasing myself anymore. I desire to be better, but I have not been devoted and patient enough to follow the steps recommended by the pros. My tripod still looks new and I barely used my remote release. I am always too much in a hurry and I want to change that. I need to yell out each day, patient, patient, and patient.
Rainy day? Play with rain drops.
Every once in a while, when my inspiration did not flow, I had to keep up my routine and so I did. In other words, on a few occasions, I blogged because I did not want to break my blogging schedule, inspired or not. I did not feel good when that happened. In my whole life, I swear to myself to be truthful, faithful, and (close to) perfect in whatever I do. Once I gamed, I was in for excellence and results. That occasional unease bugged me a great deal.
I have not taken enough time to shoot each image like many other great photographers do.  I should assure that I am using the right lens, pre-visualize the shots, and take time to compose before I trigger a shot. But I seem to always fire one of the too many shots and take too much time going through hundreds and hundreds of images afterward. Greatness does not come by accident. I have repeatedly told myself that I cannot continue doing what I have been doing. I don’t want to shoot many and hopefully, some of them will turn out. I want my mind and soul in before I pull the trigger.
Frosted hay field? I saw morning glory gradually fading out to night solace.
I also like to spend more time working on certain images to add artistic touch or enhancement of any kind. My interest in black and white photography is growing and I want to attack that area as well.In my weekly practice, I found it easy to write when the images are in place. It is easy to speak the truth and from the heart. At this stage of my life,  I don’t have to think about product designs or business strategies. It is simple leisure and it is easy to bring pleasure. I enjoyed it immensely whenever my inspiration flows and my pen flies.

Taking all the above into consideration, I may begin to experiment with a less frequent posting. Instead of weekly posts, I may start to do it bi-weekly. I am not particularly happy with the layout of my blog, but I am not software savvy and the preset format does not seem to give me enough freedom to play with. I am bored to post my images in a symmetrical manner (one to the right and the next one to the left:-<) and I plan to look into other options and make changes.
No dramatic sunburst? How about dainty sun sparks?
When there is no way, there will be another way. I cannot remember who is the singer, but her voice seems to stick in my mind. No cozy sunshine, the rain just stopped, cloudy and hazy, but there is still Light and raindrops sparkling on the leaves. Murky water,? no problem, just Texture and cover it up. When reality is not as pretty, make something for yourself. This is exactly what photography does for me.
Blogging has forced me to write and daringly, write in my second language. Blogging has provided me the means to share my images and my thoughts. The impact is unmeasurable and I gratefully embrace it.

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