thinking about photo

For the last, four years, I’ve taken more pictures than ever before in my life and I think that might very well be the case for a lot of people. Ever since the digital camera became available [and affordable], an enormous amount of people have emerged as photographers. Many use their cellphones and manage to accomplish stunning images with them … which only goes to show that it isn’t just about the equipment.

I haven’t shot all that much with the iPhone … maybe because I feel that the Nikon D90 is the real camera. Somewhere I read that «the best camera is the one you have with you!» 🙂

DSC_6847When we go out, which we do almost every day, I always carry the Nikon, but sadly I must say that in the last, few months, I’ve come home with an empty memory card. Maybe it is like with life in general … everything goes in cycles. I just don’t see anything anymore that I feel the urge  to shoot. This scares me a little! I don’t want to lose it…

I keep looking at my old photos and many of them make me happy … just the fact that I took them. Perhaps this is something that happens to many people?! Maybe I just need to go out on a photo-walk with some other, happy, amateur photographers. I don’t know … but I probably shouldn’t think too much about it, otherwise I’ll never get it back.

15 thoughts on “thinking about photo

  1. purpleborough

    If it is something you still want to do, it will come back. Taking a haitus is a good thing.
    By the way how die you find my blog again….everybody is ending up on the About page?

    1. purringly

      Yeah, I think I need to stop thinking about it and it will come back eventually … by itself.
      Your blog is still set to the About page. I got an update in my email … that’s how I ended up there..

  2. Deb Weyrich-Cody

    Funny, I was just talking to a friend about this very thing; so, I’ll just paste it in here for you too. About “Wanting”…
    “You know how, when you’re trying to think of a particular word, or someone’s name or something and, the more you poke at it with your thoughts, the farther back it goes? BUT, if you stop trying to remember and let your brain just work at it subconsciously while you go on about your business; all of a sudden that memory thing pops up out of the back of your brain? It’s the same thing here: you can’t MAKE this happen, you need to ALLOW it to happen.”
    I agree with Linda here, you should just take a break. You know that photo you took of leaves reflected in the calm Autumn lake? Can you just go somewhere like that and just soak up the serenity? Don’t even take the camera out of the vehicle (unless you feel the need, that is; )

    1. purringly

      That’s so true! I still remember in the late 80’s, I’d forgotten the name of Fleetwood Mac (!), and their female singer Stevie Nicks. Totally gone! I thought so hard about it, didn’t have the Internet at my fingertips back then … the only thing that came up in my head when I tried, was Cadillac [Fleetwood]! This went on for three weeks, and one day, I was sitting in the laundry room, waiting for a dryer … it just came to me!!! Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Nicks … and also why I kept thinking of Cadillac LOL
      So … I’ll just try and relax about this whole thing.

  3. barb19

    I know what you mean Rebekah. I think we all need a break from time to time whether it be from photography, our blog, or whatever. Don’t over-think it and don’t push it, let it come naturally (and it will). You and your camera were meant for each other – you do great things together!

    1. purringly

      Thank you, Barb! I will do just that. I almost felt a little … scared … that it was going away somehow, and I don’t want that! I love taking pictures, and I want to! It’s just as if I can’t see anything that I want to photograph … as if all the ducks, squirrels and bluejays already have been taken [too?] many times…
      I do think it will come back, if I don’t think about it too hard…

  4. David Bennett

    Here’s a suggestion:

    Do you have any books of photographs by great photographers? Or books of paintings? Spend time looking at them. imagining that you had taken the photographs or composed the paintings.

  5. Cardinal Guzman

    Apropos «the best camera is the one you have with you!»
    There’s some truth to that, but at the same time it’s a truth with modifications:
    I always carry my Canon Ixus 130 (a typical pocket camera) with me, just in case some sort of magical scenery should appear in front of my eyes.

    Very often (actually more and more often lately) I find interesting subjects/scenes to photograph, but then I choose not to photograph them, because I know that the result that the camera produces, is just not good enough (the camera is only good for some scenes, but it’s very limited).

    So, the best camera isn’t always the one you have with you. The best camera is usually at home.

    1. purringly

      Oh, you’re so right about that!!! I’ve found myself in the exact same situation … NOT taking a picture with the iPhone [for example] because I know beforehand that it wouldn’t be good. We also have a smaller Canon camera that I could easily carry in my purse, it’s really good but it just isn’t capable of producing the kind of images that a DSLR can.

  6. Nylabluesmum

    Hi Rebby: I think taking photos or writng or painting (anything creative) goes in cycles. This is a quiet time of year…Autumn coming to an end; Winter making its way to us…animals hibernating & people too… not despair….I know you will find new subjects soon…on those sunny Winter days when you & G. go for drives….
    Love the Blue Jay photo here…he is looking right at us!!
    Love Sherri-Ellen xo

    1. quackofdawn

      That’s all so true. What scares me a little is what happened to me with regards to the ‘paintshopping’ … all the graphics I used to create, remember, back in Y360 and Multiply! I did that for four years, and then it just fell off! Can’t bring it back! But then again … that was a little different; we were a group of people who did that, and shared with one another …

  7. suzink

    I put mine up for a long while. I got it out a few weeks ago and have just been taking random shots. It’s nice to do that. I think I just got burnout. I have trouble taking the time to upload them so it kind of lessens the fun of shooting a lot of photos.

    1. quackofdawn

      Maybe that was what happened to me … a burnout. The other day, I was shooting a seashell that I’d found, and it was fun. I don’t think it’s over…
      I upload mine as soon as I get home, it’s a routine 🙂

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