Okay, so I’m gonna disappear for (probably) a few weeks or months. I will be back eventually.
What’s happened is I’ve totally neglected (and would like to return to) my writing. That would mean mostly fiction but some poetry and non-fiction as well. So the camera is getting packed away for a bit, save any odd moment where I take a break from that to shoot things. I’ll probably not be looking at the reader or any photo blogs during that time either.
Expect nothing until further notice. I just figured it’d be nice to warn the lot of you before vanishing this time. Anyway, til later.
Apparently I can’t quit playing around in Photoshop, so here’s the first set of photos for the Forest Temple project.
Like the Gloom project, I’ll be adding to it, both from my archive and from any new sets of photos I take as I find them suitable and usable. Unlike portfolios which have to be something like 10-25 shots of your best work showcasing the various areas you focus on, I can make multiple pages and keep adding to them. Which is what’s going to happen.
I think for both (and any new) themed projects, I’ll do a little write-up statement for them. Later. Anyway there’s the two portfolios and now the two projects up, and both of the latter will be growing over time.
Okay, so two of the three portfolios are available via the menu, the Nature and Night ones.
The Monochrome one is going to be a while because I really need to stop staring Photoshop to death, so I’ll probably be taking a break from posting in general for a bit. As for the Photo Edit one that’s off in the aether somewhere. Maybe it’ll return someday. I’m willing to bet I get the Forest Temple gallery (probably galleries) together before I start trying to make a photo edit portfolio.
But here’s the links to the two new portfolios (also in the main menu):
I’ve finished the first of the three portfolios I’m planning on doing, the Nature Portfolio. Next will be the Night Portfolio and after that the Monochrome Portfolio. There may be a photo edit portfolio too, but it’s on the back burner.
You can view it in the main menu, or by clicking this link here.
Basically it’s 20 shots. It was a nightmare picking them out, which means I’ve got another two nightmares ahead of me.
On the other hand, it gave me an idea for another project that might show up. If I go ahead and follow through, I’m going to go ahead and call it Forest Temple and put many of my millions of nice forest shots in one place. A lot of them were portfolio worthy and just didn’t get put in there because the idea is 10-25 that represent the range of what I’ve done to date. We’ll see if I get around to doing that anytime soon; for now I want the portfolios ready ASAP.
Basically I just finished renaming the photos that I think are worthwhile in my archive (all 831 of them). So I can go back out with the camera without feeling (as) guilty about workflow habits. I’m actually in a place where I’ve got an organizational system assembling itself.
In terms of further organization, etc., I’m going to create galleries and portfolios from that set. 831 sounds like a lot to go through but it’s not whatever I had before (try 15-20,000 shots total). Plus of those 831 I don’t think all of them are going to make the second cut, but we’ll see what happens. I’ve got to go ahead and retouch them all up, and some of them I’m sure I won’t even bother with after looking at them.
So there’s steady progress towards things I’ve been putting off for ages finally. And I’ll be going out with the camera again to get more shots. Okay, that’s it for now.
In very good news I got my new glasses today (the old pair was ancient and probably predated the 2012 apocalypse that- wait a minute…), and the world is no longer blurry. It’s also slightly polarized.
That means I can actually do night photography again (I haven’t driven at night in ages/months due to the glare problem with my old glasses- literally headlight glare with the glasses on was flooding my field of view and blinding me, so I just stopped doing that), rely less on the green dot in the viewfinder for sharpness, and actually see what I’m doing in Photoshop. I’m currently shocked that I was ever able to make anything that didn’t look like a blurry mess with the destroyed glasses, but somehow I managed.
Also I can read without difficulty when it comes to focusing. So I can finally get back to reading through all these craft books and manuals I’ve picked up recently and learn new tricks.
So hopefully I’ll be able to improve my output now.
I’ve posted a new project, the one I mentioned earlier. I will probably be adding to it later, but here’s the link to the Gloom Project (which is a themed photo edit gallery).
Basically they’re images meant to evoke the older Pagan underworlds- the gloom of Hades or the frozen mists of Niflheim. Go check it out; it’s also got a link in the menu for now (click the hamburger).