It stormed again yesterday. After the rain stopped the light turned pink as it was setting. Trying to get my phone to translate the light I saw was not the easiest. This is not the photo I wanted to use, but it was the best one to represent what I saw. The one I wanted to turn out does not always turn out. Photography is an unforgiving medium.
I was being lazy using my phone. My camera was upstairs and I was afraid the light might would be gone if I went to get it. That was my excuse at least. Laziness and excuses are what usually usually stops me from grabbing my “real camera” to make a picture. As the days and weeks build up from the last time I made an intentional photograph, it is easy to just use my phone.
This whole post came about via my phone. I made the picture with Lightroom CC and edited with the same software. I am writing this via the WordPress mobile app. Maybe it is a good thing that I just share some truth about my process here. Does it matter that I created it all with my phone?
I made the above photograph one night recently while I was walking the dog. The way the light was in the neighborhood struck me so I made a picture with my phone. I usually would have gone home and processed in the image in Lightroom and sent it to Instagram, the one social media platform I find it hard to leave. I took Facebook and Twitter off of my phone and only use them an a Chromebook I have. Doing that helped me get some distance and mental head space. Instagram is visual, so it makes me hard to quit it. Lately though, I am more of a consumer rather than a creator. This has been going on for longer than I want to admit to. It is time to make some changes.
I had been staying off of Facebook pretty well, until the shutdown brought on by Covid-19. I went back in there and dived into a couple of groups around photography. It helped get me through the semester. Now it is summer and I feel like the crossroads of my future are upon me again. More on this to come, but the take away from tonight is I removed Instagram from my phone, I have logged out of Facebook and Twitter. It is time for my social media diet. If I am going to post anything it will be here. If you need to contact me you can always email me (tdleininger at gmail dot com).
I have also closed off my website because it is due for a refresh. The look of this page may change over time, or it may not. We will see. I have done this before without much success, but I have a goal for the summer, and social channels distract me from the goal.