I have been working on improving my photography and editing skills for a few months now. I pay more and more attention to the the scene in front of me. I try to feel the sunshine and think about how shadows will affect the image. I believe I am beginning to have a better eye when I edit. I still have a lot of shots that are no good, but I am also finding many photos that I really like.
About three weeks ago, I decided to take the plunge and commit to starting a photoblog and posting one photo each day. My photoblog is called PhotoInsights. My original plan was to post only brand new photos. At first, thought, I had a hard time finding a photo for each day, so I had to make a decision. I could either go a day without posting or I could post a couple of photos that I had already used in this blog. I decided not to get bogged down in rules, so I pulled out a couple of old photos and posted them. Now that I am in the rhythm of the photoblog, I have not had trouble finding a new photo for each day. I always have my camera with me and can pull it out at a moment’s notice. I did that the other day when I noticed that the sky looked peculiar and the air felt really heavy. I was rewarded with this photo:
I hope that taking, editing and posting a photo each day will help me to develop my eye and my skills. I am hoping to get feedback on the photos. Please check out the photos I have posted so far and feel free to comment. Directly beneath each photo, there is a place to “Rate” it. There is also a “Like” button under the photo information for any that are particularly pleasing.
The other challenge that I have posed for myself is on my List of 50 Things I would like to do before my birthday. Number 36 is Enter a Contest. I saw a notice for a photo contest called “Reflection.” I immediately thought of a swan photo that had a beautiful reflection.
I took a deep breath and sent it off. I was notified today that I won! I am so glad that I overcame my fear of failure and entered. Entering the contest felt great and winning felt even better!
I am grateful that I learned that photography can be a tool for people with low vision. It has changed my ability to see the world and it has taught me to use all my senses to notice the beauty around me. Blind photography has really opened up a new world to me. I am excited to keep developing my interest and become a true visual artist.