The Last Rodeo

OK! I'm done. The shooting window in the 2017 Wildlife In Focus photography contest has closed. Thank God...

Committing 5 months of your life to a single photography project is difficult in a lot of ways. Your "real life" gets in the way many of those days. Dealing with that reality is challenging. It's like walking a tight-rope...or maybe even a gang plank. Yes... "that is important but so is this", is a mantra I found myself mumbling over and over.

You learn a lot about yourself when you literally spend hours and hours alone trying to fill some, any, or all of the 59 different categories. Many of them are subjects that hold little if any interest for me professionally. If you think trying to be both creative and innovative photographing a lizard or a fly is easy...give it a try. 

This was my 3rd time doing the Wildlife In Focus... and it's probably my last rodeo. Thats not a slam on the contest, it's actually more about me and how I want to live my personal and professional life. I'm not a generalist with my art. I like shooting certain genres of photography...specifically landscapes/seascapes and birds. Thats when I feel the creative juices flowing. I feel inspired...

So now I have a little less than a month to finish up. More culling out the "bad" and processing the "good" images. Fortunately...I love editing photos. Unfortunately...the rules are pretty restrictive on what can be done during editing. I don't understand this...but it's the way it is. 

I'm so glad I did this again...and I'm so glad it's over!


River Ranch   Refugio County, TX