Monday, January 11, 2010

Take More Photographs!!

First of all, I want to apologize to those of you who receive my blog posts by email. It seems an old post sent itself over the weekend. Not sure what that was about but – sorry!

In my last post I listed my “aspirations” for 2010 and the first one was “take more photographs”. This is probably the most important activity on the list – which makes sense if you consider yourself a “photographer”.

There is another simple reason why “take more photographs” is number one on my list for 2010 – it makes me happy!

You may recall an earlier post I wrote about my annual “holiday grumpiness” and how making art in December would probably help relieve some of that. Well - it worked!

The best example of that was on December 19th – the day of my husband’s annual Christmas party in San Francisco.

I woke up that morning excited about going to San Francisco and happy we would get a chance to visit with our son who lives there – but I wasn’t thrilled about the party. The more I focused on that thought, the more irritable I became.

Fearing that a progression of this mood could make for a unpleasant weekend, I decided to be proactive and asked if we could take the “scenic” route to the Bay Area so I could stop and take pictures. Sensing the mood that was brewing, he quickly said yes (smart man!)

We stopped at Steamboat Slough in the delta and I spent quite a bit of time there with my camera and my tripod. I have already shared a couple of images from that day but here are a couple more – watch for some of these to be converted to black and white and hand-colored soon.


©2010 Dianne Poinski


©2010 Dianne Poinski

Needless to say, by the time we got to San Francisco I felt creatively satisfied and very happy. Even if I had not gotten any decent shots – it didn’t matter – it’s the act of searching for scenes, looking through the viewfinder and clicking the shutter that does it for me. That’s all I really need.

In keeping with that intention and remembering what it does for my mood, I have also made it out on a couple of our recent Sacramento foggy mornings. Again - I plan to work more on these, but still wanted to share.

©2010 Dianne Poinski


©2010 Dianne Poinski

I feel so lucky to have such a simple way to feel good – especially important during the winter months. Besides, I love the light and the mood of the landscape this time of year and plan to get out there as much as possible................

8 comments:

  1. Beautiful Dianne. I love your eye. You have a inspirational way of photographing things.

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  2. I so hear you about the party! Good for you for figuring out how to turn it around into a positive thing for yourself - and how to get through the "holiday grumpiness". The photographs are beautiful.

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  3. Beautiful photos of beautiful places. I think I will try this creative idea next time a storm is brewing in my mind. Thank you for the idea.

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  4. very lovely, mama. i hope to see more posts with your point and shoot featuring those little moments you want to capture (like that girl at the coffee shop)!

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  5. Thanks everyone! It is great to have a simple way to turn a mood around. It also works when just using my point and shoot - which I am going to try and do more often (thanks for reminding me Nichole).

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  6. Beautiful images, you have inspired me to get back to my handcoloring. I was ready to give up until I found your blog thanks! I too had a similar situation except it is very cold here in Maine. But after the photo shoot is was good and worth a chilly day.

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  7. Dianne: Talk about making the most of the moody, foggy days here in the valley. Isn't it amazing that even these dreary days can lift one's spirits when you see them through an artist's eye. Looking forward to see what you do with these in your studio.

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  8. There's lots to feel upbeat about with these images - well worth the stop!

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