I think we have all felt “the dip” where you just feel your pictures aren’t the best they can be. Life happens, things come up and you feel like you’re not getting any better. Makes me think of this info graphic Stages of a photographer, at least that’s how I feel sometimes. Then you take a picture that feels right and it’s like coming home again.
This capture is perfect – the light, the composition, the colors. Very inspiring story to keep moving forward and you will be rewarded with a photograph like this one! Thank-you!
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This shot was a turning point for me in my photography. I was having trouble with my camera, my 1st dSLR, a Canon t3. You see, I like to photograph all sorts of different things, so I change lenses probably more than I should and more often than not, I am changing them outside in the wind. Because of this, I wound up with dust in my camera and on my sensor. Since I am always learning and experimenting, and because money was , and usually is, tight, I decided to try to learn how to clean my own camera and sensor. I will never do that again! All of the shots after had major spots and smears on them! So for about a week before I shot this, I was really disappointed in my shots and was losing interest in trying quickly.
On the morning that this shot was taken, I had just about given up on photography. I woke up on this morning very early, and walked out on my deck and saw that the sun hadn’t come up yet. I decided to give my passion one last try. I grabbed my camera and jumped in my car. I drove until I found the perfect spot to watch the sunrise. Timing was perfect and the light was beautiful. I was actually feeling excited about the shots I was getting! When I got home, I couldn’t wait to see them larger. Of course, there were still spots that I had to fix in processing, but I loved the light, and the color and especially loved the tree. Seeing that the shot was exactly what I had wanted and that the spots were fixable gave me new hope and brought new life into my desire to take photos. I made a conscious decision that day to pull myself up, brush myself off and get back into what I love. And that is why I titled this shot “It’s a New Day”. It was not only literally a new day, but it was a new day in my photography as well.