I joined a photography 'forum' this year. I didn't really know what that would mean, exactly. In many ways not what I expected, but still good. I think. It is very much like a class I took locally, but with lots and lots of online people I've never met. Some very good and professional, and some quite novice. I think I fall somewhere in the middle.
And much like the local class I took, my main frustration is the 'rules.' There is nothing new so far, this month is composition and I've studied this before. I can go back through my 'work' as a photographer and find lots of examples of leading lines and the rule of thirds and formal composition. Some of them are even quite good! But when I start to try to do these things with intention I lose my mind a little. And then I keep trying and lose my mind a little more. Because following the rules (simply for the sake of a 'rule') does not always make an interesting picture. But I know that I will learn something by trying. And that results in lots of pictures from the weekend in which I try to work on composition (mostly leading lines, because I was trying to move beyond the obvious lane or sidewalk and kinda failing--I'm also still getting the hang of the new camera and my focus and exposure is kinda all over the place--and the color looks off--ugh.).
It isn't really a 10 on 10 or an intentional weekly portrait, but I've gone so batty and taken so many pictures that I have to do something with them this morning. Perhaps so that I feel there was a point to it all. And now I will put down my camera for a few days and clean out some more closets.
Happy Monday, friends.