Yesterday I processed and shared the image in this article, reading one of the comments, I got reminded of the circumstances the day I shot it. It’s all about utilizing the time you have on any given location. As the saying goes ‘It ain’t over till it’s over’ in this case meaning, don’t put your camera down until you are on your way home.
I’m aware that this is not exactly news, nor am I the first to write about it, but I wanted to share this because it’s such a good example of that it is true. This image is one of those that never would have been made, had I not decided to continue looking for compositions as we made our way to the parking lot at the end of a long walk that took us through a forest, ending up in a beautiful park.
I’ll be honest, I was starting to get tired and didn’t have much hope that I would be able to stay focused as we slowly made our way through the park heading for our car. Nor did think there was a composition to be had, so much that I hesitated to replace my battery that had died. I’m glad I did. And I’m glad that modern day digital cameras enables me to experiment, these days storage is so cheap that lack of funds is not an issue.
As long as you are mindful when shooting, this is an enormous advantage over analogue photography. In the late eighties I did a lot of portraits so I know the costs involved when it comes to traditional photography. I must have spent a fortune on film, developers and paper. Not to mention batteries to my brand new Canon EOS, as far as I know there were no rechargeable alternatives and one battery set me back around € 20, keep in mind that this was thirty years ago. As much as I enjoyed the magic and smell of the chemicals in the darkroom, I would never go back.
Back to the point of this post. As long as you are at a location, keep the camera in hand, you never know what you will come across, experiment with an intent. There’s no point in shooting randomly left to right just because it’s virtually free, this will get you nowhere. Incidentally, shooting aimlessly is one reason why people often look down on digital photography. Don’t do it.
I’ll break my habit of not showing ‘before and after’ by including [click thumbnails to expand] the image I started out with, processed in Lightroom Classic CC using the ‘Artistic 03’ processing profile. Finished image processed in Photoshop CC utilizing five texture layers, included in my ‘Sketches‘ portfolio.