The photographer who I was two or three years ago would look at a scene like this and immediately walk right by it. “There are too many damn trees in the way!” is something that I’d likely bark to myself. I suppose that’s a natural progression of growth for me. I usually start with something laid out in a clear, sensical way and practice on that until an evolutionary jump occurs. I don’t think there is a particular amount of time that has to elapse or a certain number of photos that have to be taken before things change but I am sure that a change does occur. It affects the way I see things now. What used to be obstacles and chaos now resembles more of a narrative… you just have to arrange it in the right sequence. It’s also really refreshing to begin seeing in this new way because it opens up an entirely different area of opportunity to create new photos in locations that I have visited frequently. I’m not trying to say that you have to ostensibly accept obstacles just because it illustrates my own growth but there is an underlying theme of being able to identify what those obstacles mean to you. Your obstacles can be wholly different than mine and they can be more figurative than my very literal ones.

So I’m curious, what sort of obstacles have you run into with your growth as a photographer and how have you dealt with them?

Camera: Sony a7R with the Sony FE 16-35mm f/4 lens
Filter: Formatt Hitech 77mm Firecrest Circular Polarizer
Tripod: Really Right Stuff TVC-34L/BH-55
Stylization: onOne Perfect Effects 9 and Lightroom 5.7