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5/5/2014 Samantha Don Photography Personal Blog
It's been a very busy few days. The website is going strong but still needs a little work. Our subscribe button is broken and I can't figure out why. Mike is going to have a look at it later but for now I have make the Newsletter available for download in our Dropbox. So even though it was a few days late it is now out there. Better late then never as they say but hopefully next months will be a lot smoother. I have already started looking at new features that I want to add in to make it more interactive instead of just being a single article with a few adverts. I will also be reaching out to more businesses, photographers and musicians for more adds and perhaps a short blurb. So all is good there.
I have been doing a lot of practice on the technical side of photography. That is the one thing I regret about being self taught. I learnt all the practical stuff but none of the technical. It's still very frustrating to be honest but I am slowly getting there. I think the most frustrating part is that I know I am capable of doing it...I just haven't had that Eureka! moment yet. My progress seems so slow but then again I am impatient. This is when the voice is at it's worse. It plays on my impatience like a fiddle and feeds my insecurities. Once it gets a hold of me I can't seem to shake it off. I won't give up. I have to keep telling myself that. I won't give up.
Friday was the monthly open mic night at the Crepe Cafe in Keswick. All the usuals came out to perform and we had a few new faces as well. I love open mics. Especially this one. The atmosphere is so relaxed and friendly and the hostess Jayme Lynn Reed is a very talented musician. Of course I got up and performed a few songs. Of course I sucked. I do really enjoyed it though. I decided to take my new lens with me to test it out in the field so to speak. This is a slower paced event then most of the ones I cover so I thought it would be perfect. All the photographs turned out too soft. When I saw them on my big screen I nearly cried. I could go through them and heavily photoshop them but I doubt I'll bother. My day of reckoning has come so to speak. I am forcing myself away from post processing. I want to get nice sharp, clear and beautifully captured photos with out spending ages behind my computer screen. That is the long term goal but it feels so very far away right now.