Take a Detour

Ruts… Bleh!

Ever been stuck in a rut? I sure have! They often feel safe, known, comfortable… and you don’t always feel “stuck” in them! Sometimes it can be just smooth ‘n nice, which ain’t all bad sometimes.

I always know I’m hovering near rut-dom when I feel a little bored by my own self. In photography, it might feel like I can’t find anything original in anything I see, maybe I’m a little bored with my photo processing, maybe it’s just the itch to see and do something different(ly).

Rut-B-Gone!

In any case – I HAD a case of “the ruts” recently. When it happens, sometimes I’ll just step awaaaaayyy from the camera. Go out and enjoy life a little, without feeling like I have to find ART in every moment. Other times, I have an itch to photograph – but I just don’t want to look at another tree, ocean, beautiful sunset. Funny, huh? It doesn’t usually last too long AS LONG AS I take a detour from the norm to cleanse my palette.

Here are 4 things I do to banish The Rut:

 

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HDR? Or not HDR?

I was talking about HDR (High Dynamic Range) photography the other day. That was here. But with so many innovations and new ideas around post-processing photos these days, even the definition of the term – and ability to know one when you see one – keeps changing! I find it fascinating, because of how it challenges our perceptions. Originally, an HDR photo was one created from a few to several auto-bracketed images, in graduating levels of brightness. Thus, covering the gamut from darkest to lightest tones. By that definition, this is a 7-exposure HDR photo (and was an awesome little house we saw in New Zealand. Can you say “hobbit?” heehee):

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