Finding Inspiration

It’s been one heck of a week, so much so that I wasn’t even sure what to blog. I was thinking and thinking and couldn’t come up with anything. Considering how the week started I wanted to end it with something good, which isn’t easy. Last night after dinner I was sitting watching Walle and it occurred to me that I might have been over thinking. That of course lead to some more thinking of why i was over thinking at which point I actually started to hurt. Amongst all this nonsense and waste of time I came up with something to talk about.

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Last June at Pylon Race Seminar Dad and I did an air to air shoot with a good friend and his T6 Trainer. It was a simple afternoon shoot over the Nevada desert. We did our usual moving of the plane around, getting different angles with different backgrounds. When we got back down and looked through the images on our computers we noticed that some of the shots looked like they were taken with a PCE lens, which of course we weren’t using. It was truly different. Now those aren’t the ones i put up, I’m still debating what to do with those but these are ones from that shoot. What does this have to do have to with the main topic?

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Well it’s simple, my random thought to the start the weekend is, is it the knowledge already acquired by oneself that accomplishes the best photographs or does the best photographs come from shear accidents, completely unintended to happen but learned from? Now i realize in this job we are required to experiment and push ourselves to find new possibilities and then share that with others but why is it that the best answers come from the experiments we didn’t try? Is it simply a limit on our imagination or is it a logical outcome that we didn’t foresee beforehand? I don’t know but it kinda has me stumped. Now I’m sure I’m not the only one that has had this happen to them and if I am then maybe I’m just nuts. But i guarantee that at some point in every great photographers life they had a fluke photograph that gave them a brilliant idea.

In the Camera Bag:
Nikon D3, 70-200 VRII, TC-17e, on Lexar UDMA Digital Film

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