It’s been 10 months since the birth of Photographyfree4all!  Wow!  Where does the time go?  When I was a kid, it seemed my summers lasted forever!  Now, it seems one season slips into the next so quickly – I can’t even begin to keep up.  Wasn’t it just last week that we were hoarding food and water because of Y2K? 

Starting a business can be the same way!  The time is passing so quickly and there is so much to do.  Between the shooting and the organization, the printing and the framing, the legalities and the taxation issues, the planning and the networking, I sometimes find myself a bit overwhelmed!

Lately it seems I’m going out to shoot, but coming back with very little production.  I think I’m likely going through something so many of you have already experienced.  This week I found myself at the beach, but the weather conditions simply would not cooperate to produce any great captures.  And today, the same thing. 

I pour through thousands of shots that I’ve captured, but find something flawed in almost every one of them.  Most of the time it’s something small, or something I believe I could do better now – but, I still see it and my perfectionist gene won’t allow me to give it a pass.  Maybe that will eventually be a good thing – it has always served me well in the past. 

Right now, I feel like I’m running straight into a wall!  And even though I realize that, I get up the next morning with new energy…but seem to run into that same wall all over again!  To tell you the truth, my head is starting to hurt! 


But, I continue to move forward.  Am I moving quickly enough?  I believe so.  Even though I wish everything would move quicker.  If it did, I probably wouldn’t be able to keep up. 

Do you ever get down?  Do you ever feel like the images you’re capturing are ordinary at best?  Do you think we sometimes see our photography so much that we’re no longer captivated by it?  I think that may be what I’m feeling right now.  I wonder if I’m still making progress.  But then, I look at some of my early shots and I think, “Oh my!  Did I really post that on my blog?” 


I told you I was going to report the good with the not so good.  I wouldn’t want you to think I’m just moving down this path without any bumps in the road.  Sometimes, I look at my work and think, “Who would want this?”  I guess I’ll carry that unanswered question with me until I begin to see my work sell.  Maybe that will be sooner, rather than later.

The Sherman Library and Gardens - Newport beach, California

So, I leave you with yet another flower image.  As you can readily see, I’ve applied an artistic layer to create a bolder, edgier image.  It’s not that I don’t like soft flower images.  But everyone does soft flowers.  And I like this bold presentation better, for now.

 Thanks for being there!  You all are a great encouragement to me!


If you limit your vision, you limit your possibilities.

Aim beyond your wildest dreams.

Set some seemingly impossible targets,

Then ignore all the negatives,

And turn those dreams into reality.


~ by photographyfree4all on March 24, 2011.

12 Responses to “OUCH!! WAS THAT A WALL??”

  1. I’ve been in the middle of what you’re describing now for a while! When I get like that, I try to work on improving my Photoshop skills. My last couple or so posts have been to showcase something new that I have learned, but using an old photo. Sometimes, by looking at – and working with – older photos, it gives me an idea for something new that I can shoot. Or, by learning a new technique, I suddenly get ideas. It’s just something that we have to expect from time to time!


  2. I love what you did to this flower! Beautiful!!!!


  3. I would buy something like this for my dining room – or another room where the colors would bring out the warmth of the room. The “artistic” technique you applied is very intriguing. I am only a consumer – and “picture taker” of grandkids!


  4. I think we all go through this Steve. One thing that always helps me (thanxs to my wonderful better half, Amy) is when she gently tells me to get over it as I tend to be a perfectionist and that most people will not “see” the imperfections which we tend to think we see! Not sure if any of this helps, I do really like Holly’s suggestion. Take care…


  5. Thank you, Miss Betty! I haven’t heard from you in a while. It’s nice to have you back! 🙂


  6. love your camera art.


  7. Thank you, Jenny. I’ve really appreciated your comments!


  8. That is exactly what I’ve been doing, Holly! I’ve been looking through some old shots and re-editing them…sometimes even better than before. Your encouragement means a lot to me! Thank you!


  9. That’s very encouraging, Carrie! Now don’t be a stranger to the comment column! You alway have something good to add. Thanks!


  10. Thanks for the thoughts, David. You’re probably right about the tiny flaws that I see. I know most people don’t see them, because I’ve asked. David, I really appreciate all of your comments! they’re always great!


  11. I am currently going through this same mental mind setting. Especially for portraiture work. I (like most photogs) spend a lot of time looking at others work for inspiration. But lately I just keep seeing my images as inadequate.

    Thought I would state again that I enjoy stopping by and reading your blog.



  12. Hi Brett! Thanks for sharing your comment here. I’ve gone through a similar situation two times. Each time I’ve worked on other things and gradually opportunities just began to be there again! Right now, I’ve been working on editing and reviewing some older images. I have a couple of photo shoots scheduled to help kick me into action as well. Hang in there! Stop by again and let us know how your doing!


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