Monday, August 18, 2008

In the Backyard

Yesterday I went outside with the intent that I was going to take at least one good photo. I ended up taking several good ones in my own backyard.

A macro shot of a flower - I love how abstract this is:

These pictures are of a totally dilapidated building that belongs to our neighbors. This side of the building runs along our backyard. I have always loved just looking at it and decided it was high time that I photographed it. Old buildings are so mysterious and interesting to me.

I hate spiders and anything associated with them. But spiderwebs are part of what make buildings like these have so much character.

I love this window; I love the peeling paint; I love the textures of age.

And I love rust.

I think I'm going to try this every day this week. At least one good photo a day, to be posted the next day.

I've been going through all of my photos that I have stored in Lightroom, editing the halfway decent ones, and trashing the rest. My trash-to-edit ratio is high. Very high. I'd like to close that gap a little. I tend to fire off a bazillion exposures, most of which are total crap.

The good thing about shooting so many damn photos is that there are a lot of cool accidental ones that come out. Sometimes those are my favorites.

Anyway, when I went out and took the above pictures, I noticed that I took them more thoughtfully and thus had less bad ones. So maybe I am already closing the gap a little. It's easy to do that, though, when there isn't much pressure (meaning there aren't people being photographed).

Once I'm done editing all the pictures I have in Lightroom, then I have to figure out a better way to organize them on my hard drive. This is not an easy task for me, but it is thrilling because I'm a nerd and love coming up with organizational schemes. I have often begged people to let me organize their houses. I don't want to clean them, just organize. It soothes the wild beast in me.


WeezerMonkey said...

I don't even have a trash-to-edit ratio because I just post things that come right out of my camera.

Then again, I'm not a photographer. Hee.

Erika said...


I'm like SOOOOOOOO sick of telling you what awesome pictures you have....................STOP IT!!!.......:P

No really.....keep it up you kick ass!!!..............:D

Discombobulated said...

Organizing soothes my wild beast, too.

Discombobulated said...

Organizing soothes my wild beast, too.

amber said...

really cool pics.

i'm an organizational freak, too!

Brenda said...

Sweet. I love the one of the old window for the same reasons. The texture, the color--all so great!