For the last week I have been training up a new coworker who has been so distracted at every single little alert and notification that pops up. Seeing this and feeling how annoying it has been tying to work with and talking to someone that constantly looks at the phone every time it makes a little sound or has to open an email as soon as the notifications pops up got me thinking and reflecting about how I handle this.
I have to admit that I too easily get distracted by the notifications I get. I have always thought that I don’t let my phone get in my way, but reflecting and thinking on this I have to admit that I also check my phone every time some thing pops up.
Thinking about it I have almost all notifications on.
Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Messenger, Flicker, Instagram, YouTube, email and almost all other apps on my phone.
And this is not how I want it! It feels like the phone have control over me instead of me having control over the phone.
So starting from today I have turned of notifications for all the apps, only have messages and Messenger on, and I have logged out of all the sosial media apps.
By doing this I’m hoping to get control over my phone and my life, not wasting time and spending more quality time with my familiy and concentrating on my photography.
Wish you all a happy Sunday!
This post comes a little bit on overtime, as we are now well past half way in to March!
February I had set for long exposure photography, which was very fun and relaxing to do. With only a few hours of daylight in February here a lot of the times i went out shooting it was already dark, so many of my shoots for this month was taken at night. But I manged to get out by the ocean at least once trying to get a long exposure of the water.
I recently bought a set of Cockin ND and GND filters I finally got to try out this time. But as you can see I didn’t use a polorizer filter, so what I have learnt from this month is to use a polorizer filter when photographing water and wet surfaces.
In March the subject for my project has evolved a little as the month has progressed, and I have found some interesting subjects pretty close to home.
Had another take on long exposure, this time with more sense of motion in the frame.
Although these have a more fast paced feel in them, I still get the same feeling of calm and peace when out shooting long exposures. It feels like you are standing still in the number of seconds that the shutter is open and the rest of the world are flying right by.
There is something therapeutic about long exposure photography. One has to calm down and take the time back. For me this really helps me to stress down, and escape from the fast paced world of every day life and work, getting rid of all worries and just live in the moment.
When I do this I start to connect with my inner thoughts and my self. Removing the outer shell that’s trying to block away the fast paced world.
What is your favorite way of escaping from the fast paced world, and connect with your inner thoughts?
January was not on my side for this project, as almost the whole of January being overcast with only a few days and nights with clear sky’s.
The one night I had planned out a trip and the weather forecast was looking good, got spoiled by clouds coming in and ruining my shot. So my picture for the month is not what I had in mind, but with the weather being the way it was, I’m feeling content with the result.
As this is a genera I want to explore more I may have another go at it in another month.
February I’m dedicating to long exposure photography. This is some thing I’m really looking forward to, as I have many shoots in mind and different subjects to explore with.
OK, so January has started a little slow photography wise. The holidays and my son turning five has taken time away from my photography, plus the weather have not been on my side for this month’s assignment. So I haven’t really gotten the time to start my 2017 project yet, which makes the creative “monster” in me scream for attention.
As I live near a city and an airport, the light pollution around is too much to get a good shoot of the milky way. So last Monday I had put of some time to drive to a location an hour away where I was hoping the light from the city and the airport wouldn’t affect the shoot too much. I had done a lot of research in finding a nice spot and the weather forecast predicted clear sky’s. As I arrived at the location a tin cloud cover had come in over my location, blocking the view of the stars. So much for planning ahead!
I stayed for a while in hope the sky would clear up, but it didn’t change much. So I found an old barn that looked interesting and lit it up with an iPhone.
As it didn’t seem that the sky would clear up, I decided to head back home.
And of course there the sky was a lot clearer so I had to stop by my new favorite place to try to see if could get at least some night sky and stars while a train passed by.
As the weather forecast is predicting that the rest of January is going to be overcast, I have one last chance tomorrow as it’s looking that it is going to be clear sky’s.
In 2016 I did a 365-project, as this was a great experience it is not a project I wan’t to start on again soon. For me, taking a picture every day is a little to much, and sometimes it felt more like a chore then something I enjoyed. I didn’t feel I had the time every day to take a picture as life, work and family also needs it time a day.
So for 2017 I want to start a project that doesn’t involve taking pictures everyday. So I thought about having twelve assignments with different subject/genres, one for each month, and dig deeper into each assignment. This way I’m hoping to evolve more as a photographer and finding my style of photography.
I have almost plotted out each of the twelve assignments. And in January I’m starting with Starscape and Milky Way photography.
I’m feeling excited to get starting on this project an journey.
Wishing everybody a peaceful and happy New Year.
Keep Smiling 🙂
What I found to be very challenging was to capture a photo every single day, as there was some days life got in the way and some days I didn’t feel like taking a picture.
The only subject for the 365 was for me family and every day life, and trying to tell a story, feeling or mood with a single frame.
The biggest thing I have learned from this project is that every picture is not going to be great, and that is just fine with me.
So for 2017 I have been think about doing a different project, so to challenge myself a little more and trying out some different genres. The idea is to have twelve different subject/genres/themes, one for each month and each month exploring deeper into that and sharing the project and my experience on this blog.
Thank you for 2016, and wish everybody a great new year.
Keep smiling. 🙂