This months Visual Wilderness assignment has been “Detail”. I have spent the month searching for that one image that I am happy with that says “Detail” to me. Do you think I could find it? No!
I tried shooting all sorts of subjects in search of the “Detail” shot I would be happy with. I used various lenses, cameras, lighting, filters and techniques, but could not nail a shot I was completely happy with.
Why? That is a question I have asked myself constantly during the month. Perhaps I was using the wrong subject matter? Perhaps detail, I mean close in minute detail, isn’t my thing? I have taken detail shots in the past that could fill the assignment, but I want to push myself and take something new for each monthly assignment. Surely that is the best way to learn?
So with the month nearly over I bit the bullet and submitted an image I wasn’t entirely happy with, but at least I thought is was something interesting. I think there is something there that I haven’t fully captured.
Just to show that I have taken several images of detail this month I am going to post the other images I took that I sort of like. I think I was close at times to the image I was searching for, but I was never close enough.
I do think that I was pushing myself hard to take a great shot. Usually I let the scene or subject work with me and I can generally get a good result. I think there is something to be said for letting things happen. I wasn’t enjoying taking images this month mainly due to the fact that I was pushing hard for that great shot.
Over the weekend the family and I went to a nearby park and we had fun. I took some shots of waterfalls with no pressure to produce an image and it was great. I didn’t get a single shot I was happy with, but I was nonetheless happy. Taking the pressure off myself allowed me to enjoy the art of photography. I spent some time teaching my wife how to take long exposure shots and I played with my son. The best images of the day came when I was photographing my son playing on a slide.
As far as I am concerned the detail assignment is now over for me. I will still shot detail when I have the chance, but I won’t be forcing it anymore. If there is a shot there I will take it, but I won’t try and manufacture an image where there is none.
If you are interested in nature photography you should give Visual Wilderness a look. It might be just the place for you!