2014 Photography Resolutions - My First Blog Post
Happy 2014! Is anyone else having a hard time believing we are already in the year 2014 already? I feel like it was just a couple of years ago that we were worried about Y2K. But I digress. With the turn of the new year always comes a couple of things. First, tons of 'best-of-the-year-lists', and second, resolutions for the new year.
There seems to be mixed emotions from people about making resolutions. Some people love the chance to 'start fresh' and work on something for the new year (totally me). Other people don't like them because they see resolutions as fixating on our own individual flaws and then trying to figure out ways to 'fix' those flaws. And, with only 8% of people actually achieving their resolutions, it seems like one way to set yourself up for failure. I've always been a person who makes resolutions, but I see them more as goals versus ways to 'improve myself'. I equate it to a bucket list for the new year. I am very much a goal person, and a list person, but that's a whole other blog post. I don't think there is anything wrong with taking time to think about things you want to work towards each year. Perhaps the problem isn't in making resolutions, it is what we are calling them. Think about it.
That being said, here are my Photography Resolutions (Goals, To-Do, Whatever-You-Want-to-Call-it) for 2014:
1. Start a photography blog
Ta-da! We're only a few days in and I'm already able to check one item off my 2014 list (to be fair, I've been thinking about this and planning it for a while now). The goal of this blog is to bring you beautiful photographs, behind-the-scene stories of said photographs, tutorials on photography, photographer spotlights and much, much more. I will unveil more features in the near future.
2. Photograph a showy lady's slipper (Cypripedium calceolus) in Minnesota in the wild
The pink lady slipper is Minnesota's state flower and being from Minnesota, I've always wanted to find one in the wild and photograph it. The showy lady's slipper is usually found in wet habitats such as bogs, fens, swamps, damp forests and wet prairies. The flower typically blooms from June to mid-July. You can find more information about the showy lady's slipper here.
3. Throw boiling water into the air when it's really cold and photograph it
For those who don't reside in a tundra for six months out of the year may not know about this cool trick (and by tundra, I mean right now Minnesota is colder than Antarctica. Seriously.). When the temperature gets to below zero (more like negative 20 degrees Fahrenheit), you can throw boiling water into the air and it instantly crystallizes. To see how it works, click on this link for your science lesson of the day. The link even has a video to show you what happens (for you visual people out there like me - I got your back).
4. Photograph the Aurora Borealis (aka Northern Lights)
I have been lucky enough to see the northern lights (click link to learn more about the northern lights) twice in my life, but this year one of my goals is to not only see them, but also photograph them. The tricky part of this goal is knowing when they will be occurring and being in the place they will be occurring. To help combat these challenges, I have started following a couple of sites such asAurora Alerts by Soft Serve Newsand the NOAA NWS Space Weather Prediction Center. These sites send out updates for when to expect the northern lights in a particular area.
5. Photograph a star trail
This year I really want to photograph a star trail (my favorite photographer Jim Brandenburg has an amazing shot of one. Click on the north woods gallery and navigate towards the end of the pictures). I think this would be a good goal to work on during a camping trip this summer! This requires a tripod, a long exposure and patience. I'll let you know how it goes.
6. Photograph more alpacas!
I am lucky enough to have an abundance of alpaca farms to go to, and I haven't done much alpaca photography the past year or so. Check out some of my alpacas here and also a photo shoot I did with blog owner Lauren from Salt and Pippa, a lifestyle blog.
What are some of your photography goals for the year 2014? What are your thoughts on making resolutions/goals/to-do-lists/etc? I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.
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