It is Easter Sunday and lots to do.  I am hoping to get out to take some images for The Shape of Water Collection.  However, the tides do not fit in well with my other commitments and so I decide to combine some practice with a dog walk and snatch a few precious minutes experimenting with my camera.  By the time I get to the place where I think there might be some interesting water, the weather has closed in and the light is non-existent.  I decide to leave my camera in the car and then return to collect it if the conditions improve.  The light improves slightly and so I grab my camera for a short burst of photography.

There is lots of debris on the surface of the water which I think might give a sense of context to my abstract images.  I slow the shutter speed down to 1/10 of a second to capture the movement and shapes.  But the images are looking cluttered and lack the simplicity I am looking for and, the grey skies mean the colours are dull too.  There are some deep shadows but none of the glittering surfaces of yesterday to provide some contrast.

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What do they say – failure is as important in practice as success?  Well, I certainly did not have a good day.  The tide is flooding in, I know this because losing myself in a few shots leaves me with wet boots.  At least I had left my camera bag further back on the rocks!

So, what went wrong?  What can I learn from my failures?  I was in a rush, my mind was filled with other thoughts, I was not in the moment and I was forcing my practice.  Normally I sit and watch, take in nature and then start working.  I take time to search out a good spot and then work it.  I spend time, rather than snatching a few shots.  I wait for the light and the moment. . .

Flow is important in my practice and getting in the zone takes time, effort and focus.  Furthermore, when I have a bad day like today, this causes me to be despondent and not so keen to try again tomorrow.  The moral of the story is not to go out unless I have the time and focus to commit wholly to my practice.

Alison Price

Alison Price

My name is Alison Price and for the past ten years I have travelled the world photographing wildlife, including Alaska, Antarctica, Borneo, Botswana, the Canadian Arctic, Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
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