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

Angie Eats Peace said...

Organizing soothes my wild beast, too.

Angie Eats Peace 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!