To all of you people who are just starting your projects and have chosen to "follow" me, I have a challenge for you this year! And it's a challenge that only ends on your day 365.
Challenge what you know, and what you think you know.
Challenge what you see and what you think you see.
Challenge what you do and what you think you should do.
Challenge who you are and who you think you should be.
Whether you start softly as a breeze in the sycamore, or thunder out of the gate like a thoroughbred, there are countless things to learn here. With this mindset, every person on here has the ability to push you that much further toward excellence, unknowingly, with a single photo.
Take this post for instance. I saw a fantastic image by the very talented Abhijit (@abhijit) and for the past couple of months have thought about this image; the technique, the settings, what supplies I have to try the same technique, etc. I've done similar things, but nothing quite as dramatic.
And today it clicked; all of the planets lined up and I knew. Abhijit unknowingly challenged me to produce this image, to work out this puzzle, and I accepted.
If any of you doubt yourselves, look at this shot. This could be you a few months from now if you apply yourselves. For those of you who are already "here" (and there are a couple I have seen), the same rules apply; there are some truly fantastic artists and photographers here eager to help out!
Congratulations on beginning what can easily be an epic journey.
By the way, this shot is all in-camera; the only post-process was a crop and darkening of the black area.
And for those interested, here is a link to a screencap I took of my Lightroom 4 session just after loading the images. I took a total of 18 shots, and stopped at 18 because I felt 18 was "the one." It wasn't. "The one" turned out to be number 11 :) And that is the way it often goes!
PP 3 January 2013
T20, #3, Week 135 11 January 2013