I took a break. Which in the grand plan I would not have advised anyone to do because I took a fairly long one and my goal of getting 1000 images up took a big hit.
However, in the process of taking a break I learned, or at least remembered some thing. Like, why was I doing this in the first place? Because I wanted to make some money doing what I loved, ohhhhhhh right!....and then I made it a job, and not fun, and started to take it personally when, with the exception of the few editorial shots, two whole batches got the big “R”. Okay, maybe nnot not personally, but more like, I’m headed in the wrong direction…..
So I took a break and worked on another goal, which was to get my Photograph Oregon
website up and running. That goal was just to provide the information I had gathered in oddball places, to other photographers who want to shoot in Oregon. In that process, I went to some great places, joined the Audubon Society, learned to go birding (bird watching) and took some great images for the site and for fun.
Then last week I got the bright idea to submit some of them. Really, they’re my favorite images and I liked them so much that I didn’t really care if the reviewers did not like them. I was confident in them just for myself. Yep, you guessed it. 16 of 21 were accepted and one I had submitted for the contest they asked me to submit as regular stock (so I’m counting that as #17).
The only reason now I’m not out shooting is because I slipped on the ice this morning taking some pattern shots of ice on the windshield and I’m grounded to the couch with a bag of frozen peas on my knee. (I saved the camera.)
So, I guess my advice is, sometimes you really do need to step back and think about why you are doing something that might be frustrating you. (and watch out for ice.)
Here’s some of my favorite new birding and landscape images (that I got while out birding).
(and yes, I know that's a Basset Hound, not a bird..but I like it too.)