A spectacular night for a space launch last night. . .
I was attempting to position the rocket light trail to pass just above the Exploration Tower, but mis-judged the trajectory. Maybe next time.
I have had the pleasure of being a part of 's “Cohort” in the Academy of Artistic Mastery for 6 months now. I continue to learn so much from my “Master” of Art. I am so fortunate to be mentored by Robin. I couldn't ask for a more wonderfully talented teacher, and mentor.
In the last 6 months, I have learned or maybe re-learned four things from my Arcanum experience:
- You learn the most by pushing outside your comfort zone – My attempts at new photographic genres, camera techniques, and post processing methods have produced the biggest payback in learning and building skills. Sticking to what you know well keeps you stuck at what you know.
- Seek out guidance and opinions - There are so many talented people in my Arcanum cohort. Their critiques and observations are so valuable for improving my view of my own art. I find I learn more if they don’t agree with me. Don’t get me wrong, positive feedback is nice, but a different opinion can change the way you see your own art.
- It’s art not physics – One of the most interesting things about the Arcanum is that you get to see and review many fabulous Masters critiquing some very fabulous images. One of the most interesting venues is the Creation Wars (http://youtu.be/YOEPgtIUc14) where 5 wonderful photographers critique the same photos. It is so insightful to hear the opinions of these fabulous photographers. Sometimes they agree, and often they do not. It just goes to show you that the most important audience for your photographic art is you. There certainly are some basic rules (tools) that will appeal to most people, but this is Art, not Physics, so it is important to be pleased with your own works… at least first and foremost.
- It’s all about the journey – The most important thing I have learned in the last 6 months is that being comfortable about being on the right journey is key to improving your talents, not getting to the “right” destination. Although the Arcanum process has levels of achievement, I have found that it is not about getting to the next level, or achieving results like someone else. It’s about your own continuous improvement. As long as you are making progress, be happy traveling on your own journey in whatever you set out to do.
Happy New Year everyone. And may Remarkable Experiences by yours in 2015.
Nicole was our waitress while in Ft. Myers. I was impressed with her skin complection and tone. This beautiful light was bouncing into the open air restaurant so I asked Nicole if I could take her photo. She was very nice as I asked her to step into the beautiful light. This photo was taken with a vintage Minolta 55mm f/1.7 lens adapted to my Sony A6000 camera. Thanks to for loaning me the lens mount converter. The results convinced me to buy one of my own.
I read somewhere a couple of years ago that selecting your top 10 photos every year forces you to relive some of your most special moments of the year... many of which don't end up as a top 10 photo. But you relive your year anyway by selecting your top 10. You can also see quite clearly what progress you have made year to year in capturing those special moments. And of course, realize the opportunities for new experiences and further skill development. That will be the fun part next year.
Happy New Year.
I am crazy about photography. I really enjoy constantly learning and improving my eye and skills . . . From time to time I write articles for local publications on basic photography and post-processing tips. I will add those articles to my blog if you care to take a look.
I am so impressed with many talented photographers who share their work on the internet, especially those images that brings an emotional response to the viewer. I enjoy striving for that emotional response in my own work so give me your feedback. I am interested in your opinion.
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