Coping with frustrationEver planned to go somewhere and take some terrific photos, and then ended up not even taking the camera out of your bag, or coming home with a lot of crap?
This has already happened to me quite a few times, specially in the beginning, when I didn't even pay attention to the weather of the place I was heading to.
Still, even nowadays, that I always try to know beforehand the places I photograph, there are still surprises that could ruin a afternoon.... or not....and this is the main point of this writing...
I recently went to a place I had never been before. I got off work and headed there, hoping I'd take some cool photos, based on the images I've seen of that spot. The weather was cloudy and menacing, just as I like it, so everything seemed to be in place. Unfortunately, the weather changed a lot, the sky got immensely clean and dull, the terrain was extremely steep and technical, my backpack weighed a lot, and to make things worse I followed the wrong path several times. The end result: 3 hours hiking and 0 photos!And was this bad? Well, to be honest, NO
. When we are so deeply involved with photography, there's a certain point when you start looking at everything from a photographic point, and nature's elements are watched as part of a virtual photographic composition, with the potential of being captured with a camera. This has extremely positive aspects, such as the increase in awareness for the beauty that surrounds us, but also tends to put everything into a perspective that is conditioned by the act of taking a photo.
And this is why I don't think I had a bad afternoon. After stopping for a moment amidst the amazing scenery I had in front of me (yes, even without the clouds I like so much...), it was more than obvious that I had to be fulfilled with the fact that I had the opportunity to be in such a powerful place, with the fact that I felt connected with my nature roots, and with the fact that there aren't many pleasures in this life as great as walking and contemplating these works of art, beautiful on their own, even without a camera.
As I have said in my previous journal, I'm currently planning the launch of my first contest here on DA. I have already gathered an amazing panel of judges, and some prizes, and I already have a theme/title for the contest.I'm still looking for devarters who want to collaborate with prizes and journal features for the winners. Your help is extremely appreciated, and it is needed to make this as big and productive as possible. Please send me a note, should you want to collaborate.
I'll be looking forward for your participation!