35 of 365
I actually try to take more than one photo a day, at least a dozen photos if possible.
The instructor of the photography class I attended last week said she takes 35 a day, because the only way to improve is through practice, practice, practice. Most of my photos do not turn out well, the image in my mind not quite translating to my camera. To not be weighed down by discouragement, I've had to learn to incorporate those "failures" into my overall growing process - to become thankful for so many chances to better understand shutter speed, aperture, white balance, ISO via the honest assessment of what didn't work in a picture.
Recently, for example, I attempted a few ultra creative shots, unusual compositions, which seemed cool on my small LCD screen but overly busy and washed out when I opened them in Picasa. The photo above, of a bird waterer on my parent's patio, was an afterthought snapped free of expectations. I'd forgotten about it quite honestly until it popped up on my computer while I was uploading the images from my sd card. To my surprise, it was my favorite of the bunch. I was drawn to the clean simplicity of it. What I garnered from that experience is that often times less is more, and that every goal I undertake, including becoming more patient, improving my health, loving my neighbor, must absolutely allow for plenty of ups and downs, plenty of setbacks, if it is ever to be fruitful in the long run. Resilience is golden.