Back in The Saddle Again Or How To Take A Break

I took a break. Which in the grand plan I would not have advised anyone to do because I took a fairly long one and my goal of getting 1000 images up took a big hit.

However, in the process of taking a break I learned, or at least remembered some thing. Like, why was I doing this in the first place? Because I wanted to make some money doing what I loved, ohhhhhhh right!....and then I made it a job, and not fun, and started to take it personally when, with the exception of the few editorial shots, two whole batches got the big “R”. Okay, maybe nnot not personally, but more like, I’m headed in the wrong direction…..

So I took a break and worked on another goal, which was to get my Photograph Oregon website up and running. That goal was just to provide the information I had gathered in oddball places, to other photographers who want to shoot in Oregon. In that process, I went to some great places, joined the Audubon Society, learned to go birding (bird watching) and took some great images for the site and for fun.

Then last week I got the bright idea to submit some of them. Really, they’re my favorite images and I liked them so much that I didn’t really care if the reviewers did not like them. I was confident in them just for myself. Yep, you guessed it. 16 of 21 were accepted and one I had submitted for the contest they asked me to submit as regular stock (so I’m counting that as #17).

The only reason now I’m not out shooting is because I slipped on the ice this morning taking some pattern shots of ice on the windshield and I’m grounded to the couch with a bag of frozen peas on my knee. (I saved the camera.)

So, I guess my advice is, sometimes you really do need to step back and think about why you are doing something that might be frustrating you. (and watch out for ice.)

Here’s some of my favorite new birding and landscape images (that I got while out birding).

(and yes, I know that's a Basset Hound, not a bird..but I like it too.)

Happy Trails!

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February 05, 2012


Glad you saved the camera. Priorities, right? :) The pink aspen photo is especially nice.

I've been on an extended break - have been so busy with work and family that there just wasn't a space for creative work. Hope to get back into it soon.

February 01, 2012


There is a fine line between work and fun, and it's often just finding the balance : ) Good work!

February 01, 2012


Sooo glad you saved the camera! Great shots!

January 30, 2012


I loved your story, hope your knee is better soon. I too took a break. I hit burnout big time in Oct and my goal to have 500 accepted by end of year took the big nose dive, so I totally know what you mean. I have now gotten back into it, but sometimes we love what we do so much that it consumes our every waking moment and as I was told, and as I learned the hard way, that can't go on forever. I can't wait to see your web site, and I love your pictures. You are awesome!!!

January 29, 2012


Beautiful landscapes!!!

January 29, 2012


Thanks everyone. I can walk today so things are looking up fast.

January 29, 2012


Thanks for writing - and hope you will get better soon and back to shooting! :-)

January 29, 2012


Nice photos! Get well soon!

January 28, 2012


@Cafebeanzphoto Paris is divine.

January 28, 2012


Oh Karen..June here is considered "Spring" all the WILDFLOWERS are out!

January 28, 2012


I have the privilege of visiting your neck of the woods this June - your website looks like a treasure trove for planning the trip! Thank you for sharing this! K-

January 28, 2012


Beautiful images!!!

January 28, 2012


Just read your BIO too ... Love what you had to say, love your pix. I just have to say, I just returned from Paris after visiting Europe for the first time. My Paris adventure was so perfect and exciting, I was sad to leave. And soon, the world will see what I saw in .... Paris.

January 28, 2012


Good advice and nice images!!! Thanks for sharing.

January 28, 2012


Nice portfolio. Good luck. :-)

January 28, 2012


Some really nice pictures, my favorites are the third, fifth, sixth and seventh, attention to the ice next time!

January 27, 2012


Beautiful landscapes!

January 27, 2012

Livingstonatlarge's Mt. Jefferson :)

January 27, 2012


Really nice pictures, I like the Mount Hood one, the second from left. Is that Mount Hood? Used to live in Portland some time ago.

The luxury of being amateur is that you can take a break whenever you feel like it. I also took a break for a few month. Not a complete break but the level of obsessiveness reduced by a few notches.

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Photo credits: Ginger Sanders.