I had a short discussion with someone last night about my 365 project and my pictures. I'm learning more stuff about post processing my photos so naturally, I'm doing more with photo editing. I rarely post a "raw" photo from SL anymore just because I enjoy seeing what I can do with a simple snapshot to highlight the best of a landscape, build or creation. It was brought to my attention that some people might see this as somewhat of a misrepresentation, i.e people might be disappointed when they tp to a place I took a photo of and it doesn't look the same as I presented it.
Aside from adjusting my windlight and graphics settings, I don't think I drastically change my photos a whole lot. Enhance them, yes, change them, no. But I guess I can understand the point made. But also, I think maybe I have not made my intentions clear in my project...
My project is about photography in SL, learning new photo enhancing skills, and creative expression. I started providing SLurls to the places I take my photos at because I got requests to do so. Makes sense. A little bit of useful information for readers is always good, and if my images make you want to explore a particular place in SL, than even better. The only time I don't post a location is when I take a portrait, or take photos on my parcel or some other place that is meant to be private.
The 365 Photography Project appealed to me because at this time in my life, making a commitment to do something creative feels a lot like making a commitment to go to the gym everyday. I know it's good for me, but family life and my career leave me with little time left over to do the things that are not absolutely necessary each day. Unfortunately, creative expression has fallen into the "not absolutely necessary" category and I want to change that. Committing to stick to this project and to complete it is kind of like paying my membership to the gym. Following through might be hard sometimes and some days I may not feel like doing it, but it will pay off in the long run.
A hundred and two days into it, and I'm feeling some benefits. I'm excited about learning new stuff and seeing an end result to my efforts. It makes me feel good and satisfies my desire to CREATE. If you enjoy the photos/images I make, than that makes me feel even better and I'm happy to have you following my progress.
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