Serenity Circle - November 2019
Welcome to November's Serenity Circle.
Rain clouds gathering / across the field
We've experienced a lot of heavy rain here in the NE of Scotland yet again this past month. The continual wet weather has made it difficult getting outdoors to capture photography and I've really missed such. Maybe I need an underwater camera, lol!
"Dear Santa.... " 😆
On a more serious note, back in January, I set myself a challenge for 2019, i.e. to concentrate on one genre throughout the year.
"If you don't challenge yourself,
you will never realise what you can become."
-- Anon --
I chose 'nature photography' but to make it even more of a challenge, I decided to stick to a 100 metre stretch of country pathway for this project.
"Promise to stay wild with me.
We'll seek and return and stay,
and find beauty in the ordinary,
in all the spaces we can claim..."
-- Victoria Erickson --
It hasn't been easy. Sometimes I've felt totally uninspired working along the same stretch of pathway. However, I pressed on and as a result found little pockets of magic in-between the seemingly mundane.
"Magic is seeing the precious in the mundane,
The wild in the silence, the colours with no name."
--Nausicaa Tails --
Images taken from a couple of my favourite photo sessions this year
What I learnt during the process re: serenity
The experience helped me slow down and really observe my surroundings close-up as well as from a distance. I wanted to see nature in a way I hadn't taken the time to before, and I did. Not only was I able to view nature from a different perspective, but in taking the time to do so, I experienced many peaceful and serene moments in the stillness and the solitude - something that is often missing in normal fast paced day-to-day living. I'll definitely make time for nature photography going forward. I crave the serenity this particular genre provides - something which has become more apparent to me this past month being struck indoors with my camera due to the adverse weather.
What I learnt during the process re: creativity / photography
- Working within small perimeters gets rid of the 'noise' of having too much choice - something I've personally found blocks creativity.
- Limiting choices pushes your creativity and imagination to keep the momentum going.
- I've become more focused on learning how to translate not only what I'm seeing but just as importantly, what I'm feeling when something captures my interest. It's been interesting and fun learning how to do this via my camera settings, choice of lenses, lighting, colour, composition and post processing.
- I have seen more growth in my photography this past year than at any other time - something I attribute to minimising choices and finding ways to make these choices work.
It's coming close to the end of another year and I'm looking forward to setting myself a new project in 2020.
Did you set yourself a project this year, and if so, what have you learnt as a result? Please feel free to share in the Comments below.
Next, we are heading across the channel to the south of France with my good friend, Jillian Baudry, photographer and mentor. And just as Jillian's post suggests, "Let's go outside"....
About: We are a collaborative group of photographers from various parts of the world - some working professionals, others hobbyists like myself. The Serenity Circle represents a wide range of photography genres with the common theme being serenity moments experienced and captured during the past month. This particular circle was established in April 2015 and is one of the longest running of its kind online. It was set up by Nadeen Flynn, multi-genre photographer and teacher from Northern California. Nadeen has since stepped aside from the circle and moved on to other ventures both online and beyond and we wish her all the very best. The Serenity Circle goes live on the 3rd Wednesday of each month.