working process

i thought i'd post an example of what i'm working on at the moment.

this photo was from the "maybe" group of shots, that i thought might end up on my updated website:

it's interesting, especially to people who don't go hiking in the mountains of japan. but it seemed to be missing something. it didn't have enough punch. so, i messed around with it a bit, and came up with this:

it's a bit more interesting, and not necessarily very cliched. but...

i don't know. it's not quite there, and maybe i should go in a completely different direction. or just cut this one.

i haven't finished this one shot yet, and i have hundreds more to go. good times!

wait, i can make titles? i just found this text box...

it's been a very long time since i've updated anything on my photo website. at least 5 years, maybe more. i finally got up the amount of both good material and motivation to do a huge update. i'm working on it right now, and it seems like it'll be a while before i finish. but i'm focused, and devoting most of my waking, non-working time on this project. i've got a lot of ideas!

the hardest thing is deciding which photos to use. i went through my photos, and chose a *lot* of "maybes". that part was easy enough. but next, i'm working on cutting, taking out the shots that don't cut it for one reason or another. round after round of cutting. each decision takes so much consideration.


well, i decided to start this blog about my photographic/artistic activities and developments. partly to let anyone who might care know what i'm up to and how things are going. but mostly to motivate myself to actually *make* developments in my career, and to bring them to fruition.

i'll hopefully be posting fairly regularly.

to make this post (almost?) worth reading: i had an interesting idea. photo scavenger hunts!

here's how it works: get together 2 or more people, or 2 or more teams. there could be a list made beforehand, or the players/teams could take turns thinking of ideas to scavenge. let's say the item is "rabbit." everyone goes out and takes photos of either an actual rabbit, or a toy, statue, or cartoon of a rabbit. or, maybe something that vaguely resembles a rabbit, perhaps a tree branch with "rabbit ears."

next, everyone meets up again (maybe have a time limit?), and compare photos to see who got something closest to the stated goal. if the players aren't too competitive, they should be able to decide a winner among themselves. if, however, people anticipate problems with this judging system, an impartial judge should be brought in from the beginning.

the game gets more interesting when the "object" to photograph becomes more abstract. how about "love?" you could shoot a couple holding hands, or... well, what does love mean to you?

it could also be something difficult, like "fog" on a non-foggy day. people might try to find or produce steam or smoke, or shoot frosted glass. clouds could work, too.

judging is based on 2 criteria:
1. closeness to the goal; and, if two or more people/teams shoot the same thing--
2. artistic and technical quality.

anyone wanna play?

hello world.