Are You Still on the Same Old Path?

Recent posts discussed originality (#1 & #2). They suggested trying new techniques and interpretations when making your images.

  • Robert Frost’s “….take the path less traveled….” was mentioned, as was
  • Einstein’s definition of insanity – Repeating the same thing over and over and expecting a different result

Here’s another relevant observation by my favorite photographer, Freeman Patterson –

36 satisfactory exposures on a roll means a photographer is not trying anything new

If you look at my examples in the aforementioned posts, you’ll see what  he means. The objective is all about exploration & learning, and less about success 100% of the time. Every trip doesn’t lead to Shangri-La and every photo isn’t a Pulitzer prize winner – or even a good photo. It’s about the journey, not the destination, when you start on the road to originality.

For digital shooters, the roll Freeman mentions is film 😉

2 thoughts on “Are You Still on the Same Old Path?

  1. Ed,
    This is one of the great advantages of digital imagery. With the help of the ‘delete’ button, I’m now looking at a subject from different angles, with different lighting, etc. Those that don’t work don’t cost me a cent. As a young poor struggling photographer, every frame of Kodachrome was precious! I looked for the ‘best’ shot, often passing on ones that ‘could have been’ great.
    Travis

  2. If I took shots like I did 20 years ago my computer would have much more memory available to me. Lately I am finding myself passing on a lot more “picture opportunities” and concentrating more on the photography.

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