My photography has been in a rut. Yes, it’s spring in the desert and yes, all the cactus blooming is beyond gorgeous, but that is ALL I’m shooting. Also, my macro lens is rarely off my camera. I love macro. LOVE it! But I’m starting to bore even myself with the sameness of it all. I need to find my way out of this box!
A friend and I were planning on going to the Desert Botanical Gardens last week. I wanted to see the Texas Prickly Pear in bloom. But we were short on time and decided to stick closer to home. Another friend had told me there were some Texas Prickly Pear not too far away so we headed there. Lots of beautiful blooms and even a critter or two to add some interest.
But we still had some time when we had exhausted all that these blooms had to offer and decided to check out a little local farm called The Simple Farm to see what possible photo opportunities we might find there.
The minute we entered, there were photo opportunities galore and none of them included cactus blooms! There were sweet signs on worn wood fences:
Fields of wildflowers:
The tiniest grapes just beginning to grow:
And sweet little vignettes in their farm store just made for photographing:
And even a hummingbird stopped by:
But before long, I had my macro lens back on my camera.
Regardless of what I’m shooting, macro is my first love. I may have been able to break out of my rut of shooting only cactus blooms but I don’t think having a favorite lens and choosing to shoot with it most of the time is really a rut. It’s finding what brings you joy in your photography and sticking with it. It has taught me to see the tiniest bits of nature that I really paid no attention to before.
And then my Flying Saucer cactus bloomed and once again it’s all about the cactus flowers. I love them and make no apologies for that.
So if I’m in a rut, well then I am, and at least as long as the cactus keep blooming I’ll keep shooting them. Yes, my trip out of the box was short lived.
How about you? Do you find yourself shooting the same things with the same lens? Are you now or have you ever been in a photographic rut? If so, are you okay with that or do you make an effort to step out of the box now and then? I think what I need is a vacation with new sights to capture. I may try to plan that -- as soon as the cactus stop blooming!