one day at a time

day 142: staring out at the sea

staring out at the sea Ā© Verena Fischer 2011

staring out at the sea Ā© Verena Fischer 2011

A lot of people start their year with new resolutions and end up forgetting about their big goals by February. Motivation is sometimes hard to maintain when the only person you are accountable to is yourself. I’m not sure my own daily photography goal would have had any chance without this blog. It really helps me to focus, I get a lot of nice feedback and it has a big part in keeping me motivated. It’s always easier to do things together with other people who encourage you. Blogs are great for that because it’s just so likely that there are many other people out there in the “blog-o-sphere” who want to achieve similar goals. Especially when it comes to photography there are a lot of people out there trying to get better at it every day, which means that there is a lot of support out there too.

Having resolutions is a good start, but sharing your progress is way better, because then everyone knows whether you stick to it or not. It’s more likely that you’ll succeed with a little bit of pressure. Sure, it’s tough sometimes, because it means to put yourself out there. It means that you sometimes have to own up and post mediocre work. It also means that you have no control over who reads your blog and although the internet is vast, eventually you might have good reason to censor yourself. It’s not all happy sunshine out here in the open. Still, I can only recommend it to anyone who just came up with a shiny new resolution prompting you to train for a marathon, shooting a picture a day or any other such insanity. Start a blog, share your experiences, it really helps!

17 responses

  1. SaptarshiC

    Nice Lights! They’re easily the, er, highlights of the image. And the contrast between the colors is so nice.

    As far as resolutions go, I had sincerely resolved to………. well ………. err ………. (I know i had made some) ……… hmm ……….. weeelll, nevermind that.

    Have a good 2012!

    January 1, 2012 at 7:56 pm

  2. Tammy

    Beautifully said and stunningly shown! That image is a real WOWZER!!! Looking forward to following your progress! šŸ™‚

    January 1, 2012 at 8:24 pm

  3. Truer word have never been spoken…and a terrific image to go with them!!! All the best Verena to a super year!!!

    January 1, 2012 at 9:50 pm

  4. You not only make interesting photos (sometimes very good, sometimes only good :-)) but you write very nice and wise words as well! That’s why I like following your blog!
    robert

    January 1, 2012 at 10:10 pm

  5. beautiful colors ! lovely image and . Sometimes i enjoy your photo selections more and sometimes I enjoy reading the ‘philosophical’ bytes you associate with the photos more šŸ™‚

    Wish you a very happy 2012 !

    January 1, 2012 at 10:40 pm

  6. Wow! A gorgeous light-filled image Verena. Happy blogging in 2012. šŸ™‚

    January 1, 2012 at 11:16 pm

  7. What a beautiful shot! It has such a magical glow to it. I completely agree with you about getting your project started in a public way – there is nothing like an audience to keep you accountable!

    January 2, 2012 at 12:40 am

  8. Madelaine

    Simply gorgeous!

    January 2, 2012 at 4:35 am

  9. Stunning! I love the play of warm and cool…
    and the distant gazes of the solitary figures…
    An incredible piece, Ms. F!
    šŸ™‚

    January 2, 2012 at 6:25 am

  10. Wonderful photo! I love that the two figures are facing in opposite directions. Seems appropriate for the end of one year and the beginning of another. FYI, I’ve been filling out nominations for the Bloggie awards and have nominated your blog for the photography section. I enjoy your photos and the thoughtful words that accompany them. http://2012.bloggi.es/

    January 2, 2012 at 11:46 am

  11. I was doing the same thing this afternoon.

    January 2, 2012 at 5:29 pm

  12. Wonderful image. I love the purples and oranges and the feeling of peace.

    January 3, 2012 at 11:47 am

  13. Beautiful colors in this image!! Great work

    January 6, 2012 at 5:42 am

  14. I love this picture! Inspirational post too šŸ™‚

    January 7, 2012 at 6:07 pm

  15. beautiful composition and colors! great capture!

    January 15, 2012 at 6:48 pm

  16. Beautifully atmospheric – it reminds me of great 80s album covers. Nice contrast between warm and cold light.

    January 22, 2012 at 9:09 pm

  17. I think this is my new favorite image of yours. The colors in this beautiful scene are simply over the top and the lighting is absolutely enchanting! I can almost feel what it must be like to stand in that spot and listen to the sea.

    January 25, 2012 at 3:42 am

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