Is Ok to Fail

It’s said that you need 10,000 hours of practice to master a skill.

In photography this is translated to the famous axiom: “Your first 10,000 pictures are your worst.

To me, that means that is ok to fail. 9,999 times to be exact!

It is though failure that we are able to identify greatness. It’s through falling that we can get up, dust off and continue on the journey.

If all we do is successful, we will never know the sweet taste of achievement. It will be a very boring existence.

It’s said that struggle is what makes us feel alive.

When we look back at our failures, we always fell happier. We got over them. We succeeded! “We are better than that”, we tell ourselves.

Of course is scary when we are failing, but we should never let fear run us.

This too, my friend, shall pass…

As photographers, when we look at our pictures from 10,000 images ago, we see how good we have gotten. How much we have advanced, as photographer, editors, human beings.

That is why I say, is always OK to fail. You will become a better person in the end.

“Believe me, the reward is not so great without the struggle.” —Wilma Rudolph

Are we not Motivated?

Paraphrasing Russell Crowe on my favorite movie (Gladiator):

“Are we Not Motivated?”

Some days i hard to be motivated. And when I talk about motivation, I am talking about been motivated to create.

We see our lives as an endless stream of rinse, repeat and feel forever doomed to the daily routine.

We see the same things, the same rooms, the same windows and we feel cloistered by our surroundings.

Where do you find the spark?

Is there anything we can do to change our landscape?

Hello Girl, It’s been a while…

They say one of the easiest way to get our brain in gear is to go for a walk. So literally, the way to get motivated is to change our surroundings.

You can also use one of these suggestions:

  • Read a novel, not a technical manual. An actual novel with characters and situations.

  • Watch a movie. Brownie points if it’s a foreign film. Change that perspective!

  • Go to a museum. Art museums are particularly good if you are a photographer. It helps to see something different than what we regularly do.

  • Listen to a creative podcast or an audiobook.

  • Take on one of the plastic arts: painting, sketching, sculpting, pottery, etc.

  • Meditate. This one in particular has helped me a lot.

We are not born creative. Creativity is taught, by others or in most cases self-taught. So in essence, we rely on the shoulders of others to become creative. We just need a stimulus, a virtual kick in the butt!

What do you do to get motivated?


iPhone XS Max. Camera+ using Macro Preset. Edited in Luminar 3 with Libraries and processed using the new version of DXO’s Nik Analog Effects 2. Taken at our local Home Depot Garden Center.

Pictures of Flowers

As they say: “Spring is in the Air”…

Cliche I know, but what a great season!

My wife and I are hard at work in our yard and one of the main characters on our little peace of land, are the flowers. Man, I love flowers.

They are the perfect subject.

I was trying the technique of shooting flowers that I learned from Nicole S. Young. In this technique you use an iPad as the background for a flower.

Chives, who knew that they have flowers!

Or a simple foam board ($2 at your local paper store)…

Cala Lillies

Brilliant!!

A simple edit on Lightroom to increase the shadow and fix some blemishes, et Voila! A pair of great photos.

Did I mentioned that these were taken with the iPhone?

A Satisfactory Weekend

I didn’t have any plans for the weekend.

There were a few things I wanted to do around our backyard, but I was not expecting to be working there the whole weekend.

We have some bare spots in our lawn and I knew I wanted to do something about it. So on Saturday, I took my trusty shovel and started transplanting grass from the sidelines to the bare spots.

Bending the back while transplanting grass.

Bending the back while transplanting grass.

My wife and I worked for a couple of hours and then we went to the hardware store to get some supplies to finish the job.

The love of my life and the dynamo that make everything move around our house

The love of my life and the dynamo that make everything move around our house

We got some plants, some pavers and some edging supplies to work on the front of the house and the back. She is an awesome bargain hunter so we got some great deals on everything we bought.

On the way back we stopped for a quick bite at the “American Empanada” food truck in Milford, CT.

American Empanada

American Empanada

The empanadas are kind of small but full of meat and cheese. We also ordered the large fries and they give you a ton of those. The Holy Aioli Sauce was very good with the Empanadas and the Fries. Next time, I will order extra.

We came back home and decide to rest until Sunday.

On Sunday, I woke up bright and early and with the help of my son Carlos, started installing the pavers on the backyard.

My wife made us breakfast and coffee and we continue on to the front of the house. My other two son came out and helped us with the edging and the mulch. Everything came out great!!

They did most of the work and I couldn’t be more proud.

At the end of the day, we made some Dominican Chimicurris. My son’s girlfriend came to join us and we had some beers and sat down on the deck to contemplate the fruits of our labor.

Dominican Chimicurris, USA Style

Dominican Chimicurris, USA Style

Today, I was telling my wife how tired and sore I am (probably because I am so out of shape) but I would not change it for the world. The fact that I was able to share the time with my entire family working on our humble abode, made it all worthwhile.

Gnarly

Testing the Texture feature in the new version of Adobe Lightroom Classic CC.

I call it Clarity Light

Somehow I think Adobe has lost the mojo and it is giving us crappy updates to justify the new price increase.

Like Flat Field Correction. What the fuck? Who the heck asked for that?

Is that something we really need? Are we going the same way that Photoshop went? A super massive program that tries to do too much!

A vine on a tree…

Photoshop started as a photo editor. Nowadays, it tries to do 3D, movie editing, layouts and everything else under the sun.

I think Adobe is trying to do the same crap with Lightroom.

Flat-Field Correction?, Come on Adobe!