I need to go slightly off topic today in order to gain some personal therapy.
You see I have a problem at the moment. I seem to be working very hard but not finding any time for photography. By photography I mean the act of actually taking a picture. Instead my life is a round of activities that don’t progress any of my goals photographically. Unfortunately it’s all my own fault. Allow me to describe a few examples.
Last night I gave a presentation at a camera club. I really enjoy doing these and this was no exception. You always end up meeting groups of really nice people who love photography, so what could be better. Unfortunately I reviewed my usual presentation a few weeks before the meet and decided I needed to update it. I don’t think anyone would have been any the wiser had I left it the way it was but I decided it had to be updated. The update wasn’t however a few tweaks and picture changes. No, I decided on a full re-write in order to satisfy my personal standards.
That is just one example. A further example is the updating of my PC which I did back in April. When I made the switch I found that I couldn’t simply move my website across to the new PC because the authoring software I use wouldn’t work properly. The same problem happened with the email software I use to send out newsletters and updates. I have now managed to move the website after weeks of trying but I couldn’t fix the email problem. I have therefore cut my losses and invested in new email/mailing list software which to be honest is a decision I should have made weeks ago.
All this time, I have a new Olympus camera sitting unused. What am I thinking? My camera equipment might be lightweight as is my post processing, but my life isn’t. I look at some of the other blogs that I subscribe to and I feel almost inadequate. One blog (sethsnap) seems to post a set (not just one but a set) of new images daily.
I think I need to stop making decisions that burn my time and keep me away from doing what I love – taking pictures. Does anyone else have the same problem?