The popular saying “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” is great advice when it comes to daily life. When something bothers me, I ask myself, in ten years will this still matter to me or have an affect on my life? If not, brush it aside.
When it comes to photography (especially macro), I am learning that you MUST sweat the small stuff. Everything matters!
I was playing around using the monochrome setting for the first time. It wasn’t until I started joining in on Black and White Challenges, that made me realize how some things just look better than being shot in colour.
Things I have learned through this:
Clean up the area! This picture of our well pump would have been better had I moved the hose on the grass, moved the lanterns from the front and the chair on the left. I was reading that you should try to capture as much of the scene in your shot and not rely on the fact that you can just crop it later.
Take more than one shot and take the time to look at what it turned out like. This was blurry. I like the picture but the blur was not intentional. (I am saving the branches for something I am going to build next summer.)
Macro offers no forgiveness when it comes to housekeeping! Dust and cobwebs are VERY noticeable. I was ashamed of the dust all over our hall light! Time to get out my bench and clean that thing! My sister gave me a bunch of crystals from her old chandelier and I had always meant to drill some holes in the metal and hang them. Now might be a good time.
I had taken a picture of an old tin and spittoons that are on top of the corner shelf, but did not post it after I saw the cobwebs behind them. I did not see them from where I stood.
Maybe I should do some more housekeeping instead of blogging this week!