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. tarnishedsoul

    This is an amazing picture!
    I rhink for those that seek perfection, there is a natural tendency to compare oneself to others, but perfection is extremely subjective. 🌸😉

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  2. 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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