Personal Photography – Shoot Something for the Pure Joy of Photography

Sometimes I get a bit busy with post processing and office work (read taxes!) and get in a bit of a slump.  The weather this time of year around here is a bit dull and rainy.  Taking a break for a couple of hours and going out to shoot something completely for pleasure usually helps to get my creative juices flowing again.

A few years ago I decided to take my dog and my camera for a walk in the forest, and partially by accident came home with this shot.


My first ‘Living Forest’ image

I am always impressed and relaxed by the forest, and I wanted to capture more than just a static shot.  I wanted to communicate the life and energy I feel in the forest.  I was pleased with the results (This image now hangs as a 2×3 foot canvas print on our bedroom wall) and wanted to explore the idea a bit more.  I played with the in camera technique a bit more, and started creating images that I become memorized by.  I can look into them and get lost in the forest.  Here are some of my favourites…

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I have some of these prints hanging in my home, and I have sold a few. It’s something I came up with when I took a break because I was burned out.  I still use this technique to create new forest images when I am traveling or I see interesting trees.  I continue to refine the technique and try to create original but predictable results.  Forcing myself to go out and shoot for pleasure has given me a niche photo hobby within my photo experience that I can play with and enjoy for pure pleasure.  If other people like the images great.  If not, that’s fine too.  For me it’s an exciting experiment, and it takes my mind off the everyday drudgery of office work.  And, that’s what personal work is supposed to be, Photography for the pure joy of it.