Getting stuck in a rut. Stagnation. Lack of motivation.
It's been a while since I've gotten these feelings, and whenever stuff like these happens, I always make sure to take a step back, so I can get a better look at what I've done and see how I can grow further.
For most assignments these days, I've gotten so used to using zoom lenses, that I've gotten a bit lazy and forget all about composition, thinking that I can probably make the crop after.
And yes of course, moments are important and I think I am pretty confident of capturing those, but when it boils down to framing and composition, I think I need a little bit more work, and maybe that would help me out of my rut.
So it's time for some personal work, which I feel helps a lot in my growth as a photographer.
A recent conversation with and sharing by Stefen Chow, shed some light on what I could do and what I could explore. That got me back on my feet.
After graduating and getting into the hustle and bustle of work, my friends and I rarely found time to get together to play basketball as regularly as we would. And as luck would have it, the opportunity to do it finally came, when most of us could make it. For some of us, this was our rare chance of playing and working out together. For me, I had to give up playing much, but I felt it was worth it in the end. It was going back to my roots, because basketball was the first sport I photographed since I started my journey.
I restricted myself to just a single 50mm lens and forced myself to work on the composition, and at the same time, in my mind, I looked to photograph something else, rather than your usual action. Also, I decided to include an aerial view of the court that we usually play at, through the DJI Mavic Pro. And this is the resulting series from a night of street ball fun. Just to give you an idea of what happens when we play, and what our "homecourt" looks like.