When I was diving into the world of espresso I stumbled on the CoffeeGeek website and the phrase "God Shot". I'm paraphrasing quite a bit, but a "God Shot" of espresso is just OMG perfect. And when you're first starting out brewing your own espresso it's the unattainable goal that seems impossible to reach.
But after considerable practice, and loads of shots poured down the drain, you start to reach the Holy Land. And you start producing good, and dare you say, even great espresso. And after spending some time in this reverend place of espresso bliss, and I'm taking years not months or days, a person might be forgiven for a bold exclamation of the sort:
I'm probably pulling out "God Shots" at a 75% rate
And there might be quite a bit of back and forth in the online forums talking about technique and success with congratulations etc. Until someone "Poops in the Punch Bowl" with a simple statement:
I remember When Most of my Shots were "God Shots".
That was a great time.
And in one simple statement we are shown the different between enthusiasm and experience.
And none of this has anything to do with photography, or maybe it does. It seems, for me, that at every stage of technical and artistic improvement there is a plateau that is high enough to clearly see the failings of past work and let my enthusiasm lead me to believe that I have finally "arrived" at photographic nirvana.
But the endless series of plateaus tells a very different story. It tells me that we photographers are all shooting and learning in our own way at our own pace. There is no expert or right way to photograph. No place where you arrive and become great. As with many things it's all about the journey.
This is why I cringe a bit when folks label me a "Professional Photographer". I'm just another person with a camera chasing light and inspiration. And I will follow that path as far as my enthusiasm can take me.
“Enthusiasm spells the difference between mediocrity and accomplishment.”
― Norman Vincent Peale
Happy Easter and Happy Shooting
It's been a crazy busy spring and my commercial work has had me heads down so I've been a bit absent from social media and blog posting. But here's a quick update and a coupon for 25% off on notecards to thank y'all for your patience and great support. Just type in ...
If you're trying to figure out what kind of camera you're wanting or needing to buy, I'd wager that you're beginning your journey into photography or are rekindling an old love. If that's indeed the case ...
I thoroughly enjoy posting my personal list of favorite images that I do each year on my blog and my Facebook page. But It's also pretty interesting to see how my supporter "vote with their feet" at my online store. Here's a quick summary of my most popular notecards by number purchased.
I've updated the recent landscape images section of my website to include my fall shoots. Images on my website are of much higher quality with less compression than I can show on social media.
I'm also giving away 3 copies of my 2017 Calendar to my email list members
Sometimes it seems that I plan and go out shooting time and time again only to return home empty. So it can be a bit invigorating to go through my years worth of publish images to choose by favorites. And this year is turning out to be the hardest I've yet had. I'll start off with numbers 13, 14 & 15 and the runner ups. Then I'll update this post every day till ...
I've update the notecard section of my estore to add some new Facebook favorites. And since once a baker, always a baker, I've included a "Bakers Half Dozen" holiday coupon. So if you buy 6 notecards, the 7th one is free.
I'm pretty excited to announce that a selection of my notecards and my 2017 calendar are available on Lopez Island at Paper Scissors on the Rock. I've been trying to sort this idea out for way to long and I love having a presence in our local iconic...
Earlier this year I had the delightful opportunity to give a private photography lesson on Lopez Island. The lesson was primary tailored towards long exposure techniques but also include some general discussions on exposure and post processing techniques as well as some advice on gear. I thought I'd summarize the course...
Having just wrapped up my year long Morning Light Project, I was projectless, for about a day. I like having a project based theme to help add a bit of discipline to my photography and push me in a direction that I might not otherwise be going. So my next photography based project will be intimate landscapes.
It hardly seems possible that I started this project a year ago. But as "they" say, time does fly by. It's been a pretty wonderful year filled with, mostly, beautiful mornings and great light. So I'll end this project with this month's shot from Kauai as well as my favorite images from my year long Morning Light Project.