Focus on your goal. Don’t look in any direction but ahead…

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Day 303

In addition to posting my photos to my blog, I also post them on a website called Viewbug. Viewbug provides Photographers of all levels the opportunity to share their work, gather valuable feedback from other Photographers, and also submit their work to Challenges and Contests. I spend quite a bit of time on Viewbug perusing other Photographer’s photos in hopes of finding inspiration, reading tutorials on a variety of Photography techniques, and studying the lighting and composition of Contest winning Pictures.

Lately I’ve noticed a significant decline in the enjoyment I gain from spending time on the site. For some reason I have become obsessed with comparing my work to other Photographer’s photos rather than focusing on my own growth and improvement as a Photographer. Now there are many, I mean lots, of amazing and talented Photographers out there and that practice can only serve to undermine my own happiness and success.

With those thoughts rattling around in my head I headed out in search of today’s shot, I felt completely unsure of where to go and I had no idea of what to shoot. As I was driving and feeling really annoyed at myself I decided to make myself a promise, it’s a simple promise and one that’s a little bit silly, but it’s an important commitment, and that is that I promise to focus on my own Photography. I will only worry about where I’m at, what I need to practice and refine.  Even more importantly I reminded myself that this is my passion, my joy, and what I love to do more than anything…

I don’t have experience photographing moving water, I don’t have the recommended filters, and Colorado is in another drought so to say that finding moving water is tough, well that would be an understatement. I suppose I could have used any one of those facts as excuses or reasons to not attempt today’s photograph. I could have, but I didn’t. Instead, I went where I knew there would be water, I enjoyed playing around with my camera settings and trying to figure something new out, and somehow I managed to create the silky effect I have been coveting for a very long time…

“The only Photographer you should compare yourself to is the one you used to be…” unknown

7 thoughts on “Focus on your goal. Don’t look in any direction but ahead…

  1. taraisarockstar

    It’s so easy to get caught up in what our photography should be. Thanks for the post! I get less than excited when I have to purchase photography equipment or even going to a photography workshop. As soon as I have to talk about it, everything I know goes out the window. I find myself comparing too. But I find it’s a little less about comparing and a little more about learning each time I go. All the best!


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