Since my last post added to the sarcasm and bitterness on the Internet, I offer this to help balance the scales. A few photos I took lately that make me happy. This is the corn field across from one of our middle schools. There’s something about this frog’s composure sitting on my hand. I wouldn’t trust me but he seems perfectly at peace- maybe it’s shock. I’ve also been doing more photography with the phone. It helps that I remembered my Instagram password. There is a lot to be said for audience and community in helping encourage you to continue to publish. I’ll have to compare my phone vs DSLR photography at some point. The styles seem very different to me although a few of them are reposts of DSLR shots.
At the NMC summer conference I participated in the photo safari. On the second day, a chance statement by Nil Santana changed how I took pictures for the rest of the week. He mentioned that he set his LCD preview to black and white (or something like that). It wasn’t a request that we do it. It didn’t even feel overt. He was just reflecting aloud on his practice. So I fumbled around and figured out how to set my preview style to monochrome (not realizing that this actually changes your pictures as well unless you shoot in RAW). I shot the rest of the week this way and switched back to RAW as well. I think it made a fairly significant difference. It was interesting to see how the restriction on (instant) feedback/reflection changed my pictures. I tended to focus a lot more on the overall composition of the image and I think ended up with stronger pictures even when I opted to leave the pictures in color. That seems to be echoed by the fact that I had my first image in Flickr explore in quite some time.