Photographic Inspiration in the Garden

I have to admit that I'm having a hard time right now. My anxiety level is high, and I'm in desperate need of some change.

The "Stay Home" order here could not have come at a worse time for me. I have spent most of December through March working non-stop on software projects and reviews. It seemed as though whenever I had time to go out and photograph that the weather was just terrible. The lack of great light, lack of snow, or we just awful landscape photography conditions, in general, has left me a bit uninspired.

I had planned to get some projects done during the winter and then take some time off during the spring to shoot some photos. That didn't work out so well. I'm still working from home, but I'm getting burned out on the computer stuff.

Today I came across this video by Adam Gibbs, and it has encouraged me to get out and shoot — even if it's just for myself. Not only does Adam find some simple things to shoot, but he points out that it's a great way to practice your craft. There are times when you need to be reminded of things that you already know.

I enjoy not only the artistic elements of photography but also the technical aspects. There are times that I appreciate the process of taking the photo more than the final photo itself. So today the sky is clear, the sun is coming out, and I'm going to go out and see what I can find. Even if I don't capture a "wall hanger," I'm sure that it will do me some good.

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Mike Dixon is a Muskegon Michigan based landscape and nature photographer who's passionate about anything photography or tech related.

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I just spent a couple of mornings working on a dandelion flower macro in my front yard.