I have been racking my brain trying to come up with something profound, encouraging, or educational for a New Year’s Eve post, but all I can come up with is Wow, I didn’t do too well in the blogging department last year! So I cheated a bit and chose to post this today and at least get off to a decent start for 2014. One down, hopefully many more to follow. For those who are following my blog, thank you for sticking with it!
I have been looking back through last year’s work, as many photographers do at yearend. I thought I would be disappointed as I just haven’t shot that much, but I was a little surprised (in a good way) to discover that I actually did make some progress. These photos are a few of my favorites, chosen in part because they represent some of the things I’ve learned this year.
Textures have been a part of my work for several years now, but this year I really started to rely on my own, using not only those that are photos I have taken but also trying my hand at painting textures. It has been fun, educational, and a nice change of pace. One of our cats even got in on the painting, adding a few pawprints to the final product!
In the past, I have admired the Orton Effect in the work of others but have never really done much with it. The same is true of landscape photography. This year, I found a way to make the two work together for me, which in turn makes me want to get out more.
Pixel Bender seems to be very popular now and I like the way some people are using it. Alas, I have such old programs and operating systems that I can’t use it. But thanks to some online tips, I finally figured out how to get a similar look myself in my ancient PSE program.
I have a long way to go, and in photography, there is always something more to learn, but in retrospect, maybe this wasn’t such a bad year after all.
I am hoping to be much more active here this coming year and would welcome any suggestions as to what you would like to see. In the meantime,I wish all of you a very happy 2014!