Summer Projects

Seattle Pier

As life starts to settle back down in Cleveland, with a house closing scheduled, a month of the new job under the belt, and Tracy getting a couple interviews lined up, I am able to relax just a smidge and bring photography back into focus (pun intended).  With that being the case, I figured the best way to dive in is to devote time to a project.  Projects are a great way to keep yourself inspired and energized, or to re-connect if you’ve been passive for a while (which is definitely the case for me).  So, how do you come up with projects?  Here’s some suggestions to help light the fire:

1.  Look for seasonal themes.  With July 4th long weekend only a short time off now, there’s a couple easy projects right there.  Fireworks, Americana, patriotism, parades, and a literal cornucopia of possibilities exist here.

Fireworks

2.  Look for local nuances.  Having lived in Colorado for 5 years, I was pretty far form any substantial bodies of water for a while.  Now that I am in Cleveland, the idea of photography around lakes (specifically Lake Erie) is offering some draw.  Even more specific to that, the lighthouses have spawned a few project ideas. Another one I had was to take just one good picture from my various travels for the last few training trips I was on.  While that never really saw much as my travel timeline prevented much of it from happening, I did walk away with a few good ones periodically.  In that vein, it’s also worth saying to not get discouraged if projects take unintended or unexpected turns!

pier

3.  Look for repeatable imagery.  This is kind of a combo from the above two – but imagine taking a photo of a lighthouse every 10th day or so over the course of a year.  Might make for a cool project that doesn’t require a lot of time involvement regularly, but over time, can have the makings for some great results.

These are just a couple project ideas to help you kick start the summer.  I’m sure others are out there, so feel free to chime in with your own project ideas!

Gone, but not forgotten

Colorado To Cleveland

Hello one and all.  The last you heard from me was a rather somber day, as my beloved furry friend of 13 years was laid to rest in Arvada Colorado.  There were some precipitous events that led to that day, and even more tumult since, so my apologies for the extended absence.  The short story first:

I’ve moved to Ohio to start a new job.  Only today have I been able to get fully plugged back online outside of work.  The past 5 weeks have been challenging ones mentally, physically, and emotionally.  My dog is gone, I miss my wife, and am living alone in Cleveland Ohio!  But it’s also exciting times as our house in Colorado has sold, Tracy will be arriving this weekend (albeit only for a short time) and we’ll be finalizing decisions on where to buy in this new market that we’ve never lived in before!

Lots of stories as you may well imagine, but I don’t want Canon Blogger to go back to that.  You see, this began as a personal blog and over its life, has morphed into an educational outlet for people to come and learn about photography.  Occasionally I do throw in personal notes from time to time, but lately my personal life has been all-encompassing and the time needed to resume blogging here just hasn’t been there.

I am slowly making my way back to normalcy though, so as time permits, I may put something together.  If you’d like to keep abreast of where I am at though, and what’s going on – I have started a personal diary of sorts. It seems the mechanics of writing are therapeutic for me, and the formalizing of something has helped put a little more of a hop to my step.  So, if you like, check out the “diary” over here:

http://coloradotocleveland.blogspot.com/

It’s nothing fancy – just a free blog from Google that I set up and started transcribing my audio comments from recent history into something that lets me vent (for lack of a better word).  I’ve put together about two weeks worth of reading already, and will get anyone caught up hopefully by this weekend to where things are for me now.

In the meantime, know that CB has not gone vacant.  It still exists!  I promise I will get back to form – it’s not if, only when..  How is this photo-related you ask?  There are some photos there.  I always like at least one image per post, even if it’s clip or stock stuff off the web to help visually express the “experience” of the day.  So, check out the shots (some are iphone, others are legit)

Colorado To Cleveland

Enjoy the downtime, as when I do come back, it will likely be with drive and restored vigor!