Back in the old days, when I was an instructor of English, I used to urge my students to turn in their essays no matter whether they were pleased with them or not -- I can't remember if I said it this way, but I know I thought, "Just get the damn thing done."
I was tempted to ask Christy for an extension beyond today's due date for this next photo assignment because I found myself wanting to go back this evening to Brookside Gardens in Wheaton Regional Park and shoot these pictures again in different light.
But, then I thought, how long would I drag this out, always thinking I could do better if I just took more pictures at different times of the day. That's probably a delusion.
I decided not to ask for an extension, but to just get the damn thing done!
Here's the assignment Christy gave us -- an assignment, I think, worth repeating many, many times and a very challenging one:
"There is nothing more useless than a sharp picture of a fuzzy concept."Christy went on a drive up the Old River Road on the Coeur d'Alene River where she experienced surprise, here. Carol explored joyful patriotism at Kellogg's July 4th parade, here.
-- Ansel Adams
Pick a particular mood or feeling (cheerfulness, sadness, anger, nostalgia,mystery, suspense, starkness, tranquility, etc. ) and take a series of photos to illustrate that mood or feeling.
I set out to take pictures that expressed being jolly because when I used to grow flowers, I used to think they were smiling at me, especially when I watered them, and were being jolly.
But after I looked at this set, I decided I would say they illustrate tranquility.