Friday, 30 December 2011

Procrastination - not today thank you!

Yesterday I wrote about the benefits that undertaking a 365 day or 52 week project could have on your photography.  Today I want to build on that idea and, in the final days of 2011 encourage you to not put off taking that first step.

This image is part of a 365 photo project I did. For those who may not be aware of the concept of a 365 project you should read my previous blog post to find out more.

Many moons ago I used to run and cycle for sport and enjoyment, so many years in fact that I have forgotten how long. Also until quite recently I have been a tad overweight which hasn't helped my eagerness to run or cycle either. Anyway, I digress.

I have had a project in mind for a long time and athletics forms part of the plot, so one day I decided to put some shorts on, set the camera on a tripod, go for a jog and test some lighting and compositional ideas. The image here may form part of the final composite image which will form a post at a later date. I had been procrastinating about this shot for too long, yet it took the best part of 30 mins for me to change, setup camera and lights and shoot, and I have been delaying it for weeks!

The above image was taken with a single Canon 580EX II Speedlite Flash Unitto light the ground in front of the runner (me!).

The reason for posting this image is because it reminds me not put off till tomorrow something I can do today. In future whenever I feel like putting something off till another day, I will remember this image and remind myself to get off my butt and go do it!

So, to all you procrastinators, get out there and accomplish what you have been postponing.  Hey and if its about practising with your camera why not have a go at a 365 or 52 Project?
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