I was traveling through Pennsylvania and saw this house from the highway. I had time to spare so naturally I had to pull off and take some photos. Of course, pulling off meant finding an off ramp and finding the right road. Thankfully, it wasn’t too difficult.
I think that I needed to delve into the depths of some old photos to remember why I like photography in the first place. I mean, that is something that I often struggle to remember here of late. Just last week, I was asked why I like it. I was at a loss for an answer. I’m still at a loss for an answer, but that may be frustration and discouragement.
Still, as I was looking through a lot of my old photos, they just seemed so effortless. So….well, just effortless. I don’t know how else to explain it. Truth be told, they probably were. I was auto everything back then. Let the camera do the work, I just pushed the button. Did little on the editing side. Effortless.
Looking at the photos, I started to feel like I was just better at it back then. That my work was better. More pure. I know that is not necessarily true. I’ve taken some amazing photos; especially, this last year. I also have skills that I didn’t have back then. Knowledge and what not. Still, sometimes I find myself feeling like have to put a lot of effort into a shot.
This isn’t even necessarily because the shot is wrong. Just everything that sometimes goes into making the shot…focusing, aperture, shutter speed, zooming in, zooming out. Now, I know there is room to argue about the reasons that is, but my point is the same. I know the shot is right, but the effort that goes into ensuring it stays that way…that is what I mean by effort. That’s probably just me, but I’m just saying.
Maybe a lot of us have those moments. Maybe not. Either way, I’m good with it. I’m learning that when I start feeling like this…it is time to step back and remember days like this one back in 2012. When I was doing it just because I wanted to, without thinking about it, and without putting any effort into it. Effortless
Have a beautiful day and tomorrow.