2017 Project365 #143 | Reghan Skerry

Project365: #141-147

Photography

(A little late posting this week, but that’s ok!)

Looking at these pictures, you can probably tell: I had basically no motivation or inspiration this week. I’m still taking photos of flowers, because it’s spring, and that’s still something of a novelty, but that’s about it.

However.

Despite the lack of motivation, and the mundane subject matter, I’m still really happy with at least two of these pictures. And it’s not a coincidence that I pulled out the DSLR for both of them. I love shooting with my phone, and as this project goes on, I’m getting pretty good at figuring out how to get the shots I want despite its limitations. But it just doesn’t compare to a real camera.

Sketchbook #23

Photography, Writing

This has been such a weird month, creatively.

It seems like I say that—or some variation on that—every month (which should probably tell me something), but… yeah.

First off: my schedule. I’ve changed my workout routine, which has had an impact on everything else I do through the day. And the impact has (mostly) been good: I can start writing a little bit earlier in the day, which fits my natural creative cycles better, and which means I meet my targets a little bit earlier, freeing up time for other things.

So that’s good.

But, at the same time, my old workout routine gave me one day off a week, and that’s gone now. I’m doing different workouts, but I’ve got something scheduled every day. (In theory. In practice, I’ve missed one day of running every week this month due to rain. So.) And the new workout has required a bit of an adjustment period—some days are exhausting, and I find it really hard to focus afterward. I’m sure I’ll get used to it, but I’m not there yet.

Still, the writing itself is going… reasonably well. I’ve started the second draft of the NaNoWrMo novel. It’s not moving quite as fast as I’d hoped. It’s a combination of the weird outlining method I’m using and the fact that I seem to hit a wall after a thousand words or one hour of writing, whichever comes first. But the first chapter’s done, and I’m into chapter two.

I’ve also made pretty good progress on the outline for the next story: I’ve figured out my villain, and I’ve finished the general outline of the whole story. There’s still a lot of work to be done (so much work), but I’m feeling pretty good about the whole thing right now. Even if I’m starting to suspect that the actual first draft won’t actually happen until this year’s NaNoWriMo. (That’s not a bad thing! If I’m well-prepared going in, then I might end up with a decent first draft. And… while I’m still looking for ways to fit one more writing project into my routine, the idea of planning another project for November is kind of horrifying right now.)

That’s writing. Photography is… something else.

I mean. It hasn’t been terrible. But my motivation’s been pretty low this month, and I’m not sure why. We’re finally out of the early-spring wasteland of brown and grey, but I’m still a little bored with the whole thing.

Last month, I said that I’d been enjoying the limitations of iPhone photography, but this month, they’re annoying me. I’ve been using my DSLR a little more this month, and I’d kind of forgotten how great it is. I love the pictures I’ve taken that way; there’s absolutely no way I could’ve made them with my phone. And, of course, there’s nothing that says I have to use the phone for my 365 project, but it’s still so much easier. (Not taking the pictures—that’s pretty much the same, if not more difficult—as much as editing them and getting them online in a timely fashion.)

(I’m also a little bit annoyed with my main camera bag. I’d like to get out with my DSLR a little bit more—I really want to take a bit of time to explore the city this summer—but my favourite camera bag is just a little too small to be convenient. I tried reconfiguring it, and I should be able to make everything I need fit, but it just doesn’t seem to work. I blame whoever designs women’s wallets; they’re all so big, and only really work if you’re willing to carry a big purse. It’s dumb. I’ve come up with something that might be a solution, but I’ve got to field-test it a bit first.)

It hasn’t been a great month for photography. I did update my portfolio again (with a whole new section!), so I guess that’s something?

So… yeah. Weird month.

I don’t know if next month’s going to be any better. I’ve still got a few changes I’d like to make to my writing routine, but some of that needs to wait until I get used to the workouts. (Right now, when I’m done for the day, I’m done.) And my big goal with photography is just to find my motivation again (and to use my DSLR more).

Wish me luck.

2017 Project365 #135 | Reghan Skerry

Project365: #134-140

Photography

I wasn’t feeling even remotely inspired at the beginning of the week. Can you tell? (You can probably tell.)

But things balanced out, as they always seem to do, and by the time Saturday rolled around, I didn’t feel like the week was a total loss. (I do still think I should have started doing these recap posts every month, instead of every week. It seems like talking about this stuff is harder—and more repetitive—than taking the actual pictures.)

That said: when I posted Friday’s picture on Instagram, I said that I really need to use my other cameras more often. And I do. I need to use the Lomo’Instant more often, I need to use my DSLR more often, and… well, the film cameras aren’t practical for this particular project (at least, not the way I’m approaching it), but I should dig them out and play with them again sometime soon. I don’t know exactly how I want to approach things (I’ve been thinking about doing an all-Instax week, or even just making sure that one photo every week is an Instax print), but I really need to stop relying on my phone so much.

Snapshot #77 | 10 Things for 21 May 2017

Personal

Currently…

1. looking… for inspiration.
2. thinking… about the ice cream I’m going to be making this summer. I’ve already got some recipes in mind. (The weirdly hot weather this week has helped.)
3. spending… just a little bit too much money. 😐 Time to bring that back under control.
4. listening… to a lot of grunge and mid-’90s alternative music. Chris Cornell’s death hit me harder than I would’ve guessed, and it’s made me dig out a lot of music that I used to adore.
5. feeling… frustrated. (With my purses & bags, specifically. None of them are quite working the way I need them to right now…. Though, I might have found a solution to at least some of my problems. Maybe.)
6. daydreaming… about tiny studio apartments with exposed brick walls. (This is not a new, or particularly unusual, thing for me.)
7. drinking… iced coffee. ❤️
8. getting… ready to start that painting. (Still. Again? Either way, I’ll probably start the actual work in the next week or so.)
9. starting… to cultivate a new(ish) obsession. It’s tied in with some of the plans I’ve been hinting at the last few weeks.
10. making… progress on the second draft of the NaNoWriMo story. Slowly, but there is progress.

2017 Project365 #128 | Reghan Skerry

Project365: #127-133

Photography

This week.

Ugh.

It was damp and gloomy and I had no motivation at all for photography. And it shows: in the subjects, in the quality, and in the fact that all I can really think to say is how I really wasn’t feeling the whole photography thing this week.

However. Things did start to pick up in the last couple of days, and I’m feeling better about next week. Not sure how it’ll translate (I’m still looking at far too much rain), but I’m feeling a little more motivated in general.

(Unrelated FYI: every single picture I take of Lucy—especially closeups—requires at least five minutes, just to edit out the dust spots on her fur.)

2017 Project365 #123 | Reghan Skerry

Project365: #120-126

Photography

In any given week, I can manage one or two good photographs. (Usually. Sometimes more, sometimes not even that.) There’s usually one or two terrible photos, and the rest are ok.

That’s… actually really good. I’m thrilled with that ratio—mostly because when I am happy with a photo, I’m really happy with it. (Also: it kind of seems like my favourite photos are usually of food. I’m not sure what that means. 😉)

Snapshot #76 | 10 Things for 7 May 2017

Personal

Currently…

1. feeling… bored. With a lot of things.
2. making… friends with the neighbour cat. I’ve wanted to say ‘hi’ to her(?) ever since her people moved in, but this week was the first time I was outside at the same time she was. (She’s very friendly and fluffy. 😻)
3. rewriting… the NaNoWriMo story. It’s… a lot of work. But I’m happy with it. And I’m really happy to be back to putting words on the page.
4. getting… a bunch of books that’ve been on my list for ages. (And one of them is step one in those plans I was talking about a couple of weeks ago.)
5. starting… a couch-to-5K program, and modifying my usual workout accordingly. (Translation: everything hurts, in a good way. Mostly.)
6. baking… chocolate-Guinness cake. So good.
7. playing… with my DSLR, and remembering that I actually really love it. I rely on my phone so much lately—and I do sometimes appreciate the limitations—but I need to use the real camera more often.
8. cursing… Canada Post. They’re kind of terrible at scanning the parcels I’m waiting for. (The parcels did eventually arrive.)
9. hoping… to get into a routine that works for me next week. Between the new workout schedule, baking, and trying to fit errands in around the weather, this week was kind of a mess.
10. thinking… about what to read next.