JSP Visual Week In Review ~ 01.16.21

I’m shooting more now.

Pretty much daily.

And that’s because I’m getting out more. Walking more.

Lucky for me, the weather here in New Jersey has been pretty moderate. If it’s been cold, it hasn’t been windy, which I’m OK with.

Up top, I wear a couple of long-sleeve shirts (one thermal), a hoodie, and one of those slim, down jackets.

And a ski cap. After a youth filled with fighting my mom on wearing a cap, I see the need now and always wear one. Sometimes an orange one if I’ll be where pheasant hunters are.

Down lower, I picked up a ~$25 dollar pair of athletic pants are on the heavier side, plenty of warmth for nether region.

Thick socks and my 16 year old Merrells on my feet. Still waterproof after all these years (I have a whole other issue going on with a big, thick, rugged pair of work boots that are NOT waterproof and now are basically useless unless it’s high dry season in July and August. Once a pair of boots lets in water, either from the sole or the side, you’re dead to me. but that’s a whole other rant.)

And I got out walking. In the woods or on gravel trails. Sometimes just on the side of the country roads by my home.

I put a podcast in my headphones and I walk for 45 minutes to an hour.

And it’s been good. I’ve learned about new photographers on the podcast, I’ve gotten myself moving, and I shoot, either with my phone or my XT3, if I choose to take it.

Not all the photos are ones I’d be showing, but that’s OK. I’m working to sharpen my eye….doing the roadwork to keep it in shape.

Or get it back into shape.

That patch of light. That sparkle of frost. That animal skull stripped clean to the bone by weather…and other scavengers.

I shoot things that make me stop and go…Huh. How’d that get there? What happened here?

Your photographic eye is a muscle. If you don’t work it – just like your biceps or your quads – it’ll go soft.

And when it goes soft, so does your desire to pick up the camera.

Because you’re not “seeing” the photos like you were when we were shooting regularly, before pandemics and lock downs and insurrections.

You gotta keep that eye keen, and via my daily walks, I’m getting my eye back into shape.

I have an engagement shoot tomorrow, and a band shoot in a couple of weeks.

All will be socially-distance and safe (honestly I don’t get these Zoom photoshoots I keep hearing about. They make long lenses for a reason).

Hopefully, because of what I’ve been doing, my shoots will go well. I think they will.

Either way, I’m getting out, seeing my local sights, experiencing fresh air and nature, and immersing myself in my environment.

Maybe give it a try?


This Week’s Links:

What I Read This Week: I’m working on The Bloody Spur and The Five Red-Herrings. Both are a bit of a plod at this point. Not sure I’ll keep with them or cut bait. Life’s too short for books that don’t grab you.

What I Watched This Week: Pretend It’s A City (makes me miss going in and out of NYC, and spending a few days there for the Global Citizenship Concert or on business. Still wouldn’t want to live there.)

What I Made This Week: Hungarian Goulash

NY Times: Images of a Capitol Under Siege

Listen: Daniel Norton on finding time for inspiration

PetaPixel: Five signs your landscape photos are to busy

Watch: How Ilford is film is made.

A Developing Situation: COSTCO closing all photo departments

Fast Company: Decoding Chicago gangs, and their business cards

Then (1944) and Now (January 15)

“Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.” ~ Cecil Beaton (January 14, 1904 – January 18, 1980)

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