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Live Everyday Like It Is Your Last

This is one of the most cliché quotes most of us know but I think people really should stop and think about it more.

We waste time doing things everyday that are meaningless like watching TV, browsing the internet, or just vegging out in our living rooms.  If you think about it we don’t really have the luxury of wasting our time, we don’t have that much of it.  Everyone wants to accomplish more in their life whether it be exercising, starting a business or just making more time for anything that you love.  Most people end up doing nothing, or doing something that they don’t enjoy just because they are lazy or scared.  Some of the “reasons” you hear for them doing nothing are: “I don’t have enough time,”I am not good enough,” “There are already too many people doing that,” “I don’t have the resources to do that,” “I am not smart enough.”  The excuses and reasons for not doing something that you really want to do in your life are endless.  This is where another cliché quote comes in, ‘When you look back on your life, you’ll regret the things you didn’t do more than the ones you did.” H. Jackson Brown, Jr.  Sometimes you just have to try something even when you are terrified.  You will be glad you did after you are done and can look back later in life and be proud of what you accomplished.  “If you’re are paralyzed with fear it’s a good sign. It shows you what you have to do.” ― Steven Pressfield.  Steven Pressfield calls it overcoming the resistance in his book “The War of Art.”  The resistance doesn’t want you to succeed, it just wants you to be average and be safe.  Don’t fall for what the resistance is telling you.

Another piece of living everyday like it is your last is the stress people feel from their day-to-day lives.  Is it worth stressing about every little thing during the day?  I just don’t think it is worth all the worry about everything.  All you do is kill yourself faster by worrying about little things that will sort themselves out on their own with time.  I think you should be thankful for the life that you have and make the most of it.  Everyone has stress in their life but just take it one moment at a time and do what you have to get through it.

What really got me thinking about this is a post I read about volunteering at a cancer ward and asking the patients if playing it safe in life would be what they would do if they had another chance.  You really don’t know how fickle life really is until you are about to die.  It is a shame that it takes getting to this point to really wish that you have lived the life that you want to live.  The main point that I want to get across is to just live and enjoy life.  Take risks, make mistakes, just live.  And as hard as it may be on a day-to-day basis, keep reminding yourself that you only have one life and you should live the hell out of it.  The best quote that I have read is the following:  “Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.” Steve Jobs.

The way I am trying to beat the resistance is by starting this blog and trying to get more involved with photography.  I have always wanted to start a blog but never did it.  Finally I just decided to jump in and start sharing things about photography (and other things on my mind) on this blog.  I am also going to start trying to get paid jobs in photography this year which is a scary thing to think about.  But if I keep working at it I know I will be successful.

Get out there and do something that you have been wanting to do!

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Vision Statement

My vision statement:

To capture ordinary, everyday subjects in a way that makes them meaningful in that specific moment in time.

Everyone should create their own vision statement to help guide their photographic goal.  Everyone sees the world differently and can create an image that no one else would be able to see in the same way.  Creating a vision statement will help you to focus your attention to get images that convey what you are trying to share with the world.  Everyone has their own experiences in life that shape how they will photograph a scene.

I had never thought of doing a vision statement until I stumbled upon the website project52.org, where you do an assignment to help your photography every week.  I think this was a great way to start the project to get people to focus on what they want to do photographically.  I highly recommend writing down a vision statement and trying to take a picture around your house that reflects you vision.  It is hard to think of one sentence to guide your photography but it is important to sit and come up with something.  My vision statement photo is of my baby playing the keyboard.  It is an everyday scene but with the use of depth of field and all the colors it makes this ordinary scene more meaningful and interesting.

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11 Favorites of 2011

I read an article on digitalphotographyschool.com (http://www.digital-photography-school.com/289-best-photos-of-2011-blog-posts) about going through and evaluating your previous years photographs and picking out your favorites and decided that I would do it.  They said to pick 10 of your favorites but I decided to do 11 since it is 2011.  I had a pretty good year photographically and think that I learned how to use my camera a lot better since when I first got it.  I had started a 52 week project but only made it like halfway through before I started missing weeks.  I like the idea of only posting my favorite work instead of posting a random photo every week even if they are not good.  Some weeks I take multiple photos that I like and other weeks I don’t take any so I would rather not get into that project again.  I will try to do some projects this year though just to get my creative juices flowing.  Hopefully by posting these pictures it will give me some drive to try to create better pictures for the 2012 year.

It was fairly easy to pick out my favorites, mostly because I was already posting most of my favorite work on flickr.  The pictures are in no particular order.  Please take a look at my work and tell me what you think in the comments.

I took this photo at the zoo of this bird that was flying around in the bird-cage.  I really like how the depth of field makes him stand out really well on the post.  The bokeh in the background also makes this picture interesting.  This was also the first zoo trip that my baby took so this picture has more behind the scenes meaning to me also.

 

I really like the colors in this photo with the orange grass in the front and the pink and blue clouds in the background.  I also like how the irrigation tires lead your eye across the picture.  I took this photo with my 18-55 lens that had a broken auto focus, so I got some experience at manually focusing a lens, which I had never done before.

 

I took this picture behind the apartment we used to live in.  We had lived there for a year and I never knew a scene like this was right next to us.  It is amazing the new photo opportunities that lie right around the corner.  I am not the best photo editor on photo shop but spent some time on this one trying to balance out the sky and foreground.

 

This picture is my favorite long exposure photograph.  I actually only took one photo of this scene and like it so much that I didn’t take another one.  I got really lucky with the car that drove through the picture while the exposure was happening.  What really caught my attention when I walked outside to take this picture of my neighborhood was the reflection of the trash can on the sidewalk and also the amazing cloud colors.  I think the streaking car lights just brought this picture together though.

 

I had to watch my baby for two weeks at the end of the year so I got to play around a lot with taking pictures of her.  This is one of my favorites from those two weeks.  I love the depth of field that my 50mm 1.8 lens created in this picture which leads your eye to her left hand.

 

My brother got some headphones for Christmas and decided to let my baby try them on.  I liked her reaction to them on so decided to take a picture.  This has to be my favorite picture so far of my baby.  I like the red/orange background and also how the light is on her face.  I used the same technique with bounce flash for her birthday picture.

 

This was one of my favorite photos that I took during my attempt at the 52 week project.  I liked it better in black and white than color because of the streaky clouds that stood out better without color.  I like how this dull scene is made more interesting by just looking at it from a different angle.

 

This was during my babies first birthday.  I took this picture shortly after getting my new 24-70mm lens and I am amazed by how much I like it.  You can read more about this picture in my other blog post about bouncing flash off of a wall.

 

I found this picture while I was culling through my photographs and organizing them.  I disregarded this picture when I saw it last year but this year I it stuck out to me.  I did some editing on it and really like it now.

 

Foggy days are some of the most interesting in terms of landscape scenes.  I don’t really get to take pictures very often while it is foggy but on this day I was driving and saw this pivot sprinkler going and liked how the water looked in the mist.

 

This picture makes me laugh.  It is one of my first good pictures using my flash.  It probably would have been better if I used a big diffuser but instead I used direct flash by hand holding it and pointing down at my baby.  It was really hard to get her to sit still and actually look at the paper for this picture.  The glasses are funny too because she looks like a little grown up in a baby’s body.

Those are my favorites for 2011, here is to a great 2012 and hopefully more growth for me photographically.

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