Thoughts in the blue hour

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I read a great article on the Importance of Personal Work by Nick Hall yesterday morning, thanks to the Pixelated Image twitter feed.

Nick talks about the planning and execution of personal projects, but a few short lines of that post caught me: categorising your ideas into Dream Projects, Realistic Projects, Backyard Projects. I suddenly realised I have all of these already in place, although not so logically defined in my head, until now.

  • Nightwalking and the Commute are Backyard Projects. I am doing it for the appreciation of small, innocuous discoveries in my every day.
  • My tug boat obsession has become a Realistic Project. I haven’t gotten started on this owing to a knee injury that has made moving around a pain in the last 3 months, but it’s happening real soon as I heal. I am doing it for what still feels like a serious infatuation, or possibly true love.
  • Further and Further: Flemming’s Edge of the World is a Dream Project. The one where Flemming and I make our big break into National Geographic and operate on the level of masters like Steve McCurry. This one came about as a bit of a joke, but you never know. Stranger things have happened.

Separating the above into such categories gives me some understanding of how each of my random fancies feeds into another, despite the disparity of subject matter, and allows me to work with more direction. In the day or so since I’ve read that article, several ideas about how to move forward with each have crystallised in my mind, and I have to break them down into doable tasks. No, that doesn’t mean I’m running to National Geographic tomorrow, but it does give me some direction, more purpose in my aimless wandering and shooting. It’s a start. Better late than never!

So that said, I leave you with some impressions of twilight.

I had accidentally shot all of these in JPEG, much to my horror. Turns out JPEG ain’t that bad, although it meant I couldn’t muck around with them as much as I would have liked to.

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  1. Great post Charlene, a great read and it strikes me how good it would actually be to try and categorize my projects and ideas. I have a messy head full of them but they're rather un-organized. I want to attempt this as well and write a post about it.Further and Further is a Dream Project for me too. I would say 18 months ago I could never imagine standing in front of a camera but I can now. I find myself subscribing to so many blogs from HDDSLR video shooters and just eating it all up. It started as a joke. Let's see where it ends up :)First image with the power lines has a nice twilight surrealness to it!…and Go Tug Boats !

  2. Ditto on the disorganisation in the mind. I never realised I had anything worth organising until I read that post.Until you posted that Guillaume Nery vid, I used to avoid videos like the plague. Funny how these things happen.Yes, let's see where we end up 🙂

  3. Im really enjoying following your photographic journey C…well, Im too lazy to start my own so Im gonna live through you for a while 🙂

  4. Jon,Thank you 🙂 I read your PIP post about your China trip and I must say I'm very jealous! Would love to see the evolution of your projects. I plan to share mine on this blog, but I work so haphazardly, it's going to be a struggle to post it in any kind of cogent sequence. Will try though, for posterity, if nothing else.Graham,You're back! Your cameras are with you on all of the crazy journeys you're on at the moment, so it's really more me living vicariously through you than the other way round, i'm thinking :))

  5. Jon,Thank you 🙂 I read your PIP post about your China trip and I must say I'm very jealous! Would love to see the evolution of your projects. I plan to share mine on this blog, but I work so haphazardly, it's going to be a struggle to post it in any kind of cogent sequence. Will try though, for posterity, if nothing else.Graham,You're back! Your cameras are with you on all of the crazy journeys you're on at the moment, so it's really more me living vicariously through you than the other way round, i'm thinking :))

  6. Basic question, sorry. I’m a newby. I understand that raw files can and should be edited, but can you edit JPEGs without destroying anything? Thanks in advance.

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