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A Need to See Differently
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A Need to See Differently

I was in a creative funk to begin 2011.

Blame it on the brutal winter, and now, a soaked spring. Or it could have been something else entirely. Or a combination. At this point, I’m not overly concerned with the source of my rut, all I know is that I need to, at least, try to get out of it.

This spring, I’ve really been focusing on sports photography. The problem with that is the sports I’m shooting are entirely weather dependent. My youngest daughter is dad dependent. Aligning the weather and babysitting schedules to allow me to get out and shoot has been frustrating, to say the least. As luck would have it, on the beautiful sunny days, my wife needed to work late and I couldn’t get a sitter and on the rainy days, everyone is available to help me out. And we have had a lot of rain. Just to illustrate this, my oldest daughter has had 6 straight softball practices rained out over a 3 week span – they haven’t had a single practice yet!

With the frustration of dealing with the spring weather and coming off of a tough winter, I wasn’t shooting much at all. I was also tired of being frustrated. Some cliched sports axioms ran through my head: “You can’t get a hit if you don’t swing the bat” and “You can’t score if you don’t shoot”. Friends who knew me as an athlete can testify that I followed those two axioms religiously. I wasn’t afraid to swing in baseball, and in basketball, if I could see the hoop, I was going to shoot.

One cannot get out of a shooting slump if the camera stays in the bag.

I decided to mix it up and pull out my 100mm macro lens which has been resting unused for a very long time, since I’m pretty much married to my 70-200 and 24-70.

It was a really nice day and my youngest picked some dandelions for me. I screwed on an extension tube and began to shoot. I didn’t use a tripod nor did I use any on or off camera flash, which can be disastrous for macro work with extension tubes. But I wasn’t looking to create amazing images. I just wanted to see differently.


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