Joan Didion, an American author best known for her novels and literary journalism, once described a ‘bankrupt morning’ as “…where you wake up, devoid of inspiration, for your creative projects.” She also said, “Nothing is critic-proof.”
I saw her description of a bankrupt morning several months ago, wrote it down, and placed it in a prominent place on my computer desk. I look at it every time I sit down to work on pictures, and I think about it every time I pick up a camera. When I started this journey, there was so much to learn and I was so excited and I didn’t have a problem motivating myself to get out, find subjects, and take pictures. Every now and then, I’d take a break and step away from my cameras for a day or two. I’d do something else or go visit my photo mentors, and motivation would return. This week was different.
In the early part of the week, I felt good. One morning, I saw the clouds over the Sierras so I drove to my favorite pano spot and made this panorama.
I headed for Taylor Creek to see if the Kokanee were running and attracting the bears. I found that the Forest Service closed a major portion of Taylor Creek to protect the animals from the stupid people who don’t know how to behave. I wasn’t in the mood to walk the trails by the Visitor’s Center, so I went to the Big Meadow trail head and hiked up the hill. I found a little wildlife and tried some panos with trees in the foreground.
But then, things changed. I would wake up motivated, but easily talked myself out of going out. I sat at the computer and started to play with some older images – ones I hadn’t made time to edit, but ran out of emotional energy after a short time. I was in a PHOTOFUNK! I stepped away from photography, but found I wasn’t motivated elsewhere, either. I turned to the books. Trying to find a little motivation, I opened those expensive ‘how to take this or that picture’ and ‘learn your camera’ books. I found a new tool in Camera Raw, and tried it out. I’d been wrestling with an image I made a few weeks ago – great sky or great foreground, but not both at the same time. This new tool allowed me to get both. What do you think?
And I got a call from a customer who had ordered some large prints. He was back from hunting and we arranged for delivery – he loved the prints.
In spite of these successes, I still have a little bit of PHOTOFUNK left. I’ll get over it, I know. I have a show in a couple weeks, and need to get some printing done. The creative juices will flow – I know it. And there are those horses and raptors waiting to have a picture taken.
Thanks for listening and ENJOY! PHOTOROGR