Loch Awe in spring - Photo courtesy of Neil Donald Photography






Saturday, 19 November 2016

I Don't Know Why I Bother.......A Frustrated Photographer

Balmedie Beach

After coming home from a relaxing family holiday where the camera only made the briefest of appearances I was looking forward to getting back out and about. However the weather and work schedule seemed to be conspiring against me.
I missed some of the most amazing sunrises and intense coloured skies; all I could do was watch them through the windows at work, hoping that the sunset would be just as stunning.

Forvie Sands






On the odd occasion that I managed to get out take some sunsets I found that I couldn't take a photo and my mantra for the week became 'I don't no why I bother'. I started to become frustrated that I couldn't get out and that when I did find time or the weather cleared I found that I had lost my mojo. I decided that I would stop putting pressure on myself to take a photo and concentrate on editing the 1000's I have on the computer. Alas my editing skills (such as they are) had also left me. I was beginning to despair my only glimmer of hope was that I had a week off on the horizon. The week off coincided with the OH's week off so I would have freedom and no need to rush.

The week arrived and the first few mornings were grey, wet and miserable. I was on the verge of tears as I was desperate to get out and find my mojo. Wednesday came the alarm went off and peeping through the blinds I could see the beginnings of a beautiful sunrise. Off I set; it was a wonderful feeling to be out again. The weather up until then had been unusually mild but today there was a crispness to the air.

Rattray Head Lighthouse

Over the week I met up with some fellow photographer's who also had periods of frustration when work got in the way of photography. I often mention that I can't wait for retirement so I can head out for the whole day travelling near and far. But until then I will have to be happy with grabbing a few hours here and there.

Salmon Posts, Balmedie




13 comments:

  1. Glad you eventually got your sunrise! Your photos are always so amazing it's easy to forget all the work involved in creating them.

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    1. Ah glad to see you found your MOJO and it is working for you! Beautiful pictures, lovely places.

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  2. What beautiful photographs, Neil. You've raised the bar even higher! I think most creatives become frustrated from time to time when other commitments get in the way of following our passion - but those shots must make success taste sweet?

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    1. Thank you Rae be good able to get out this week has helped.

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  3. Lovely photos Neil. We all have times when, for whatever reason, we are hindered from following our creative path. Maybe if you weren't so frustrated you wouldn't have pushed yourself out when the alarm awoke you to this beautiful morning. Results like these remind us of the pleasure of doing something creativity.

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    1. Thanks sometimes it's a thought bit then you see the sun rise over the beach and it makes it all worth while.

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  4. It can be all too fleeting, can't it? - catching that elusive moment,. A blink and it's gone, an extra half hour in bed and it's gone. Love all the pix you've put with this piece but Forvie Sands gets the gold star award from me!

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    1. Thank you Linda, it's getting harder on these colder mornings.

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  5. Hello, what fabulous images you've captured here. What camera did you use?

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  6. I'd never stopped to think about how difficult it must be, but I suppose it's obvious - though frustrating. But your pictures are definitely worth waiting for!

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