Even if they suck! Sounds like I think being mediocre is A-OK but being realistic is what truly matters. Being positive matters. The root of our disappointment is our expectations. When I was on my recent vacation, I had such low expectations of the places I was to visit. Imagine my surprise when I found the locations far exceeded expectations?
I was in visual heaven with every new experience. The weather was not always the best but making the best of it is key. If cloudy skies threaten, use it for some real benefit or wait it out until the sun peeks through.
To see photos on foggy, windy, rainy days, sunny days, see Garden Walk Garden Talk for these travel posts.
The gallery below has images while I was waiting for blue skies to appear. I had some aggravating camera issues and making adjustment settings were in order. The places themselves made all these seemingly negative troubles go away.
Negatives, became positives.
I also found myself with newbie photographers following me around asking endless questions, all complaining that their photos were not as they had hoped. My advice to them was they had to be honest about their abilities and skill level and go from there. I myself am not a landscape photographer and I did not even have my pro wide-angle lens along for this trip, but you can see the place itself made up for any of the shortcomings I had or experienced.
Many were using phones or iPads for photos, and all it took for them to make wonderful photos was hold the device steady, not shoot into the sun, and frame an image that they found appealing. Too many were shooting at bad sun angles. Others, blurry shots when they wanted images like in this post. Another thing done incorrectly was they focused not on their subject but rather the bright sky and all was in shadow. Just a few tips got them getting better photos.
Some issues were not as easily solvable, like not having a lens or camera to get f22-f32 for those shots to see far and farther. Also to shoot into the sun and get a nice artistic shot, rather than a silhouette of everything they wanted to picture. Sometimes it was not abilities of the photographer, but limitations of the device used.
If fretting on not getting what they imagined, they were doomed from the get go. I said just enjoy the experience and it will shine through in their images. I gave some compositional tips and one woman came back and said she got more likes than ever on her image on FB. More than any she ever got previously. People were praising her left and right.
All that mattered was she found a new way of seeing and her excitement went through the roof. I instructed to frame her image through an archway and after that, there were quite a few images taken that way. All happy campers!
What’s on Garden Walk Garden Talk today? Churches of Eastern Europe. I really could have used the wide-angle lens for those photos!!!