The Pressure to Post!

As I wrote in the last article, I don’t think I have enough interesting things to say to write a new blog post everyday. Even every week would be tough, but I could probably take a picture each day. So two weeks ago, I started my experiment to post a photo on Instagram every day. So far, so good.

I admit not every photo I’ve posted has been one I took that day, but I have posted one each day for two weeks now. The “pressure” to come up with something interesting to share each day has been real, especially on the days I’m working from home.

Look Around

I hoped the need to come up with something each day would help me become a better photographer by forcing me to see my everyday environment differently. In that respect, I think this little experiment is working. Even if its because I know I “have” to post something, I find myself looking around my environment a lot more, which is naturally leading me to see more interesting things.

This experiment caused me to think about future photography projects and ideas much more, for which I am grateful. I’ve had a few locations and ideas in my head for a while, but now I’m starting to act upon them. Photography is something you need to practice a lot, and I’ve enjoyed doing it so far.

Go do the thing

I finally went to a parking garage nearby for a sunset shoot with the Boxster. The sunset I was hoping for didn’t materialize, no clouds or brilliant pinks and reds. I worked with what I had, and I am happy with how some of the photos came out. Even this simple exercise served as a great reminder that I have a lot to learn.

Slow shutter speed, light-trail photography always inspires me, but I haven’t done much of it. I recently saw a photographer on Instagram post some photos of highway traffic at night which inspired me to give it a shot. There is a bridge nearby that goes over I-95 and is kind of perfect for some night photography because a cement barrier protects the sidewalk on the bridge. I took some test shots during the day using a neutral density filter to get an idea of the setup and settings that will work best.

Southbound I-95

The tests helped me come up with a plan for the real thing. Now I need the weather to improve so I can head to the bridge at night and capture some great photos. I’ll post the best ones on my gallery page, as usual. Stay tuned!

Author: Ryan Carignan

I am an automotive enthusiast, writer, and photographer; welcome to my blog!