Happy Fourth of July! Tonight I’m going to plant myself somewhere near the waterfront and take fireworks photos. I’ve found that getting outside the house (and outside my routine) really helps my creativity shine. For example, a few weeks ago I went out to the Chihuly Bridge of Glass and used my Panamatic tool to create a panorama. Ian acted as my assistant, giving me suggestions and carrying things. Click the image below to view larger, or see it on Flickr for an even better view.
The horizon-expanding photo idea has also helped. One week, I contorted my body into awkward positions to get the shots I wanted. Granted, they were taken in my backyard, but I generally don’t like to draw attention to myself and felt accomplished that I looked silly and didn’t care.
The following week or so I had trouble remembering to pull out my DSLR, so I employed my cell phone’s camera (and FxCamera app) to get my shots, experimenting with being sly–it’s much easier with a cell phone! Here’s a latte from Tacoma’s popular Valhalla Coffee:
This past week, I stood in the middle of a road to get a landscape shot, something I’ve been meaning to do for some time. And finally, I experimented with water droplet photography, which I love because it’s fairly easy to set up, but challenging to get just right.
Although I expanded my horizons and tried new kinds of shots, I also missed two days of the project. I forgot to take photos one day–it just slipped my mind. A few days later, I forgot again, and in the days following I really had to make an effort to remember. I felt guilty for a short time, then decided to get over it and move on. I took photos later to at least represent those days.
I’m looking for more “horizon-expanding” photo ideas. Please share your suggestions!