Ice Shack Ice Fog

February 15, 2013  •  4 Comments

Ice Shack Ice Fog Echo Lake

Still working on Wednesdays seascapes, until then here's another ice shack. 

So I got to thinking today on the subject of the social medias and all whereby I've noticed a real decline in comments over on the Flickr and the Google+ Plus mostly I figure either because my quality of share has gone way down- or I'm not quite as involved in the community as I used to be. So I figured I ought to try and make the folk more happy and congenial and all and try and go out of my way to take some extra time in my day and go over and show my support for the work of others. Here's the thing- where the photo sharing sites used to be hugely important to my forming a personal vision, these days I'm trying to actually work on my own work more and even sometimes limit my exposure to what other people are doing to a point, so I'm less on the "huzzahs" and more on the "where am I going" kind of things. So then I thought to myself- if no one ever commented or liked or plus one'd an image I shared, or if no one ever read the words I wrote would I keep making them? Right. As far as I'm concerned- I would certainly keep photographing and probably if there were no other visual comparisons then ultimately I would surely find my own voice because I would be the only photographer in my known world! But I definitely wouldn't attach many words to the cause..

Let's take a step back for a second and consider this from another angle: I used to study music and endeavored to be a performer, so, if I didn't study what was being regarded as the best music then what language would I speak? how would I even approach tuning my instrument? This suddenly is going a little further then I imagined to take it, nonetheless, it's always important to check up on where the state of your art is going- my question is: to what end? 

Whatever that- long story short: I really appreciate it when you guys (and gals, I always just say guys androgynously), stop in and give me a high-five for doing. And I promise to keep the good times rolling on your end as well, as much as I can- but not if it doesn't move me!- I may only be able to summon a "that's gorgeous!" -but consider that since I took the time to kudos you, that it stopped me in my tracks enough to say it. 

So now back to the other thing: I'm a photographer, (here), and I make photographs because I want to capture and show moments in time that have an emotive character- moments that will give a viewer (even if it's only me (consider your family pictures)) a sensation of experiencing the scene: to feel it. So that's why I share- because I want people to see the way I see it and to say "oh that's awesome!" 

Here's to the best camera club in the world: todays internet's! Now time to go look at what you've done today- 

 

 


Comments

DennisCollins(non-registered)
Well it is a beautiful island with nice beaches. Hervey bay is tourist attraction place with wonderful weather and beach. It is very good to gaze at your pictures while looking for https://assignmentman.co.uk/college-assignment-help blogs . But, I hope you two have enjoyed visiting this place and carry good memories with you of this place.
Jenn(non-registered)
I'm still a beginner, so maybe the comments mean more to me than they will someday. I've also learned so much from people on Flickr who've taken time to answer questions and give feedback that I feel sort of obliged to "pass it on." I'd still be photographing without social media, but I don't think I'd be as good. I'm also very grateful to photographers like you who keep posting so I can learn from your work, in spite of how much time it takes and the risk of having images appropriated online. So, Thanks!

And yes, this is a beautiful image, and the spare, modern lines of the ice shack set up a nice contrast with the dreaminess of the fog and texture of the ice.
Eyal Oren(non-registered)
This is a challenging post and image Nate.

First, the post. I too have seen some drop on G+ (not just on my stuff but comments in general) but conversely had a fairly blah timelapse go all 'viral' on FB and had almost too many likes/comments there. I agree with you that if no one liked/commented/bought another one of my images, I would just keep on making them. It's what drives me and recharges me. That being said, it feels pretty damn good to get a solid comment from someone I trust/respect on an image that I am particularly fond of.

As for the image, I love the composition - especially the placement of the ice hole. The ice fog against the trees is killer. That shack...it's so damn modern! It feels out of place, jarring even. Almost like an alien ship that landed there and has absolutely no business being there. But it's challenging for that reason and keeps me looking and for that reason I like it!

Hope that makes sense and keep doing what you're doing.

And if you have the time, I would greatly appreciate your thoughts on one of my recent images. Was hoping you might catch it in your G+ or FB stream when I shared it on Wednesday: http://wednesdaysinmhd.com/2013/02/13/a-walk-in-the-fog/

Thanks and feel free to dump that link if need be.
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Jim Denham(non-registered)
That's one of the coolest ice shacks I've ever seen! The mist around it is nice too! Good subject to discuss Nate. The social part of photography is important, both from a learning standpoint but also because it does move us to keep moving. It's important to do the work for ourselves - to produce images we like, and as you said, we would likely keep doing it if no one responded, but that response and encouragement (even if we don't get it sometimes ;)) helps keep the motivation up! I think it does anyway! Thanks for the discussion! Good form!
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