WHAT I LEARNED AND NOTICED
What follows is what I learned from that hour and 32 minutes. It was a good experience and experiment, and it was a great excuse for me to get out of the house with my camera with a few focused ideas.
There were times I wished for a longer lens or my macro lens. Too bad. I needed to stick with my plan and accept some limitations. Don’t we all? I refused to carry all the gear I own “just in case.” Not to mention that I would need a great, big wagon to do so and would likely end up not using more than one or two other lenses only sporadically. Heavy loads are just that – heavy, tiring and distracting. I’m glad I set boundaries for myself.
I also noticed a pattern in what I was seeing and focusing on – lines, curves and color, mostly, but also patterns and textures. It was clear to me that during this session I really loved color, patterns and motion. By the way, the colorful motion blurs that happened at the very end of the walk will make beautiful textures to use with other images. While I was in the movement zone, it was all about motion, color and patterns. The “p.s.” for textures came later. In the moments I was just in love with those colors.
And, finally (sort of, as this does have to end), I can, do and will use this exercise idea again. I’ll choose different lenses, different themes, different places and subjects, but I will adhere to whatever parameters I set. The value of doing something like this when It doesn’t matter is that you are developing visual muscle memory and stretching your creative seeing skills so that you can put them to work when it matters more. The more you play, the more you are able to see the possibilities. Go for it!
And, by the way, I didn’t go all “fancy” in my post processing of the images. I worked them for the way they made me feel, and, for me, they work.
P.S. If you do end up trying this for yourself, I’d love to hear what you did and what you learned. Reach out and share jamie@newlifephotos,com.