Nice article by Thom http://[url=www.bythom.com/goal.htmhere
[/url]. He's focussing on having photography goals
to constantly improve oneself.
What he didn't mention is a type of goal that you could set yourself when strolling around (either in a field or a city, a museum...): Can you think of a "theme
" before seeing the real subject and setting the goal to find and capture it?
Am I clear enough? Well, think of a sunny day in fall/autumn and all the leaves that are still hanging around or are already swept to the ground in their glorious or rotten colors. So autumn-leaves are the "theme". Can/do you built an image in your mind and go out and try to find the perfect representation of your vision? Do you look at what you find from different angles and try to match them with what you had in mind? Just take the right lens for this task with you and leave the rest of your equipment behind? Forget about the nice ducks swimming on the lake because they don't look like leaves?
Me, I'm running around with my dog and wife a lot along the same routes so there is not much that surprises me. But at least I try to fix the perspective
by selecting a specific lens and leaving the other gear behind, just to school my eye in seeing interesting things that are adequate for that perspective. It helps to see the same things in a different "light"
and sometimes you get some interesting shots out of this way to set a goal.
Just like this example where I just took the fisheye with me and wanted to get up-close and personal with something out there in nature:
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