Finding Inspiration in the Abandoned

By | 2015-07-02T08:32:54+00:00 Jul 2nd, 2015|

I’m still in the early stages of winding down from a two week overload of beautiful landscape and nature scenes. Iceland and Norway can do that to you. On top of that, I live 30 minutes away from one of the epicenters of waterfalls in the world. In other words, it would seem that I have no shortage of environments where my creative muse can flourish. However, lately, I’ve been finding myself bogged down as I browse through photos of these wonderful locations. Can there be such a thing as an overload of beautiful landscape photos? Back when I worked at Google, we’d call this sort of thing a champagne problem, the best sort of problem you can ask for.

I still wanted to edit a photo or two but every time I flipped through the ones I’d recently taken, I couldn’t muster up the will to take my Wacom pen to them. That’s when I tried turning back to my other favorite type of photography: UrbEx. I fell back onto the photos I took when I visited Detroit last December. Almost immediately, I felt that wonderful pang of inspiration kick in and I was off to the races. It had been a very long time since I had tone-mapped an HDR photo but Lightroom 6 allowed me to make short work of that. I started playing around with different stylization techniques, ones that I normally wouldn’t consider for a landscape photo. I ended up applying a custom preset from my Splitsville preset pack and then added a slight faux tilt shift blur in Photoshop.

This lesson is one that is worth keeping in the forefront of your mind, especially if you’re experiencing fatigue in the inspiration department. Whenever you feel it starting to creep up, do something drastic to change your routine. Try a different lens. Try using different software. Try going to a totally different place, or a place that you haven’t been to in a long time. Whatever you do, just try.

5 Comments

  1. Amy Heiden July 2, 2015 at 8:56 am - Reply

    Mmmm grungy piano keys :-)

  2. Tony Eckersley July 2, 2015 at 9:20 am - Reply

    Reminds me of the Matrix!

  3. Mark Gvazdinskas July 2, 2015 at 3:25 pm - Reply

    I’ll agree with Tony here. So cool man!

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