I spent all morning today going through my photos from August. I’m still keeping up with my 365 project and it’s going well, but holy CRAP, the photos. When you take pictures every single day, they really add up.
I had over 550 photos from August to sort through – this was after daily reviews where I deleted the blurry ones or the ones with closed eyes. After extreme purging I still had 330 leftover to rename, sort, and comment on. Of these, I chose about 35 to print – mostly shots of things we did this summer that the kids will want to remember.
Of those, there are seven – SEVEN out of hundreds – that I consider to be really good pictures. Quality shots of the kind that you might want to frame. And I’m not talking professional photographer quality here – just shots that came out well that I am not embarrassed to show people. SEVEN.
The best photo I took all month, and I am not even kidding.
I have to say that after all this time I really thought I would get better. I am a firm believer that the more you do something, the better you get, and if you want to be good at something, you need to put the time in. Natural talent might exist, but for me it’s all about the hard work.
So I’m rather frustrated that my photography skills don’t seem to be inching towards quality in any way. I took a class with the fabulous Anna Epp this past spring and she taught me how to use the camera on manual mode, and I have been practicing at that every single day, and yet, the camera on automatic mode can always, ALWAYS, take a better shot than me.
I don’t think I have a good point here, other than that pure experience in this case does not seem to be moving me forward. So I guess I should be checking out some photography blogs? Reading books on photography? Maybe taking some more classes?
In other news, my friend Miker wrote yesterday to let me know that CTV has not renewed So You Think You Can Dance Canada for another season. Apparently the ratings were way down this summer. I forgot about my blog’s superpowers when it comes to dance show and I complained with no regard for responsible use of that power.
I’m so sorry.
I mean, obviously there were huge problems with the show, and also CTV is at fault for scheduling it when it did (concurrent with the American version, whereas previously it hasn’t really kicked into gear until after the American one ends, which in my opinion, made a HUGE difference to the ratings this year). But I will miss the ability to actually vote, I will miss Luthor and Shotyme’s choreography, I will miss intense doses of The Cheeseman, and I will miss the odd sighting of Dan Karaty and Mia Michaels, who seem to be on the outs with the American version.