#beinspiredby: My Early Images

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Do you remember the first time you picked up a camera?

Do you remember some of your first images which you thought were just about as good as it gets?

Fast forward a few years.

Do you sometimes find yourself looking back at some of this early images thinking… “What the hell was I thinking?”  of “Yoh, I surely have come a long way since then!

Growing as a photographer a natural progression and something we all go through.  Yes, sometimes you might feel that you’re just not getting anywhere and that you will never be a great photographer.  Don’t worry, we all feel like this and probably more often than most of us would like to admit.

Looking back at your old images I guarantee that two things will happen.  Firstly, you will realise that you have in fact gotten better – a lot better – and secondly your photographic mind will start screaming with the possibility of amazing the images you could create if you were transported back in time with your current knowledge and experience.

Yeah, you guessed it.

This week in our #beinspiredby posts we would like you to share some of your old images with us – at least two years old!  More than that, we would like you to also share what you would do differently if you could go back and shoot the shot again.  Perhaps you would want to have another crack at a certain image with your current camera and lens combo or you might simply have dropped down a bit to create a better angle.  The options, as you will know, is endless!

We are looking looking at other people for inspiration and knowledge but let’s see if, even if just for this weekend, we can be inspired by our own earlier images!

#beinspiredby:  My Early Images

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I thought I’d nailed this one back in January 2011.  It was absolutely bucketing down and I (kinda) knew what I wanted from the shot.  As is the image works and the soft, hazy look works but If I could go back I would do everything exactly the same but I would manual focus the lens to get the giraffe nice and crisp.

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Taken back in 2009 this one still bothers me.  No, not because of the focus which is on the nose leaving the eyes slightly soft – well, that as well – but because of the tight framing.  Image this image if I had pulled back a bit and left space for the lion to look into.  It’s such an intriguing look on his face but it means nothing since I didn’t leave him space to look into.

I could go on and on and that’s not even mentioning how I would have processed some of my older images.  Luckily that is something I can remedy now but the tight framing and soft focus is something I’m just gonna have to live with.  Lessons learnt!

And now it’s your turn to share your old images, lessons you have learnt and what you would do differently if you had the chance!

Here’s how it works for this week.

  • Look through your old images – at least 2 years old – and select ones that, at the time, was amazing!   Even if just your mom thought so!
  • Process or reprocess them like you normally would using your favourite post-processing software.
  • Go to the Wild Eye Facebook page and post your image there using with this heading: #beinspiredby:  My Early Images
  • In the description tell us what you would do differently today if you had the chance to re-shoot the exact same image.
  • Check the Facebook page throughout the weekend to see some of the other images that people are uploading.
  • Next Monday I will then choose 5 of my favourite images and share them on the blog.
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Quite easy yeah?

Photography is a continuous journey of discovery and I truly believe that anybody who thinks they know everything has reached a very sad self-imposed limit.  Always keep learning, always keep sharing and don’t ever stop enjoying the process!

I look forward to seeing you images on the Wild Eye Facebook page during this weekend.

Happy sharing.

Until next time.

Gerry van der Walt

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  1. Jacques

    “I truly believe that anybody who thinks they know everything has reached a very sad self-imposed limit.” Great quote Gerry that applies for photography and much more in life…

    Keep up the good stuff… love how you guys at Wild Eye keep it real and don’t get all arrogant even though you are all phenomenal wildlife photographers and could easily be so! It’s all about learning, and you guys are leading the way for so many amateurs –– me included! Thanks!

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