In my last article I gave an update on myself and my photography where I mentioned that I have injured my neck causing a lot of pain thats kept me from shooting much lately. I have had a doctors appointment almost every day due to other issues going on as well, so to say the least I have been down and frustrated with my body.
One thing that has really suffered is my developing. The box I keep my queue of film in to be developed is full at the moment, so I decided to pull out my Fuji X-T4 digital camera. Yes I know, blasphemy! However, when I hit a point where shooting film is just not possible, shooting a digital camera is really great therapy. Besides the fact that it gives you instant high quality photos to cheer you up right away, it is also a good way to break loose from a rut. That’s why I shot some digital flowers last weekend while I was having a short break from pain.
Still Life Digital Flowers
Something I have talked about at length is shooting still life photos as a good way to express myself and get my creativity flowing. After a very long week of non-stop doctors appointments, Kelsey and I stopped at the grocery store where I immediately saw a ton of beautiful, colorful bouquets. I grabbed three and when I got home I set up a still life by the window.
At first I shot a roll of Fuji Superia Xtra 400 with my Nikon F using a macro lens. I will share those results once I catch up on my processing, but the natural light coming in from the window was just too beautiful with these flowers to stop shooting.
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Flowers for the Soul
Earlier in the week I had some bad news come back with lab results and sunk into a very deep depression. By the end of the week the news got better and I was able to see the light again, so to speak. Something I try to remind myself when that happens is that tomorrow almost always brings different news, good or bad, so do your best to keep going.
These were the feelings and thoughts I was having while I shot these photos. I felt so happy and relieved by the good news, but also a nagging fear still leftover from the bad. Taking photos has always been a release for me, and even though my neck and back hurt so badly by the end of the night from taking pictures for hours, it was worth it.
While I primarily shoot film, it is a great blessing to have a good quality digital camera to use when I have days like this. Mainly the Fuji X-T4 is my camera for filming my Youtube videos, but it is a great tool and I would be a fool not to also take some photos with it from time to time.
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