What year is it again?

Wow. Talk about neglectful. I swear, sometimes I don’t know why I even bother trying to pretend that I’m a “blogger” when it’s obvious how far down on my list of priorities this poor little blog sits. A shame, really. I have all of the best intentions.

Enough about that, though. I’m making a fresh start. Although as I stare at the calendar it’s unbelievable to me that it’s mid-January 2010! I feel like I fell asleep for a long time and am just now waking up only to realize that I’ve missed out on a lot of time. Time for me, that is. I need to learn to be a little more selfish and take some precious moments out of each and every day to do a sort of sanity check. Maybe that’s why I feel like I have no attention span, no focus or drive – I’m running in circles and have no idea why.

I don’t really feel like doing the New Year’s Resolutions thing anymore. I have some goals set out that I am going to work on with specific timeframes by which I will complete them. First and foremost, I will start taking pictures again. And I have decided that goal number one is to get more active with actually editing and posting those pictures on my blog, sucktastic or not. I have this theory that if I don’t achieve perfection with little to no effort on my part, that somehow I am a major dork and nothing I have done is worth anything. Self esteem issues, anyone? But as I am trying to teach my kids, nothing worth having comes easily and you have to work at something to get better at it. So it is for me and what I want to achieve with photography.

The good news is, I was able to de-crudify my sensor (no scratches or other problems, yay!) and it appears that my camera is back to functioning as well as it ever has. I, however, am feeling the effects of not looking through the viewfinder for a good 4 months. Yes, FOUR months! So when I took the family out to take a few photos at Memorial Park in Round Rock, I thought for certain I’d get a few good shots or maybe even great ones. Reality bites. But that’s okay, because the only place you can go from rock bottom suckitude is up and that’s what I plan to do.

I decided to go with textures as a sort of “Welcome back to photoblogging” entry.

Oak leaf on the water


Berries with an added texture

And finally, the river was flowing really well in Round Rock. I played with it and because the colors are still so drab everywhere, I decided on an action to play with the feel of the picture. I used the Troy action from the TRA2 action set (love those!) and I kind of like it. At least right now I like it.

There. I feel better now. And I look forward to improving in the days/weeks/ months but I look even more forward to enjoying what I have missed for a ridiculously long time.


~ by Wendy on January 18, 2010.

5 Responses to “What year is it again?”

  1. The red berries really stand out with the greenery. I like the flow of the river in the last one. Nice.

  2. I don’t do the resolution thing anymore really either. I understand about getting behind but I hope you continue to post because these are wonderful!

  3. One foot in front of the other. Your off to a good start. Very moody processing – fitting with your post and photos.

  4. I love what that action did to that last shot. And don’t feel bad I am a blog slacker to 🙂

  5. You’re off to a great start in blogging again! I love the berries and the river shot. I never would have guessed you’d taken a 4 month break–you’ve jumped right back into it, and very artistically!

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