Well, I haven’t really done a good job in keeping up with this blog, other than posting some pictures from time to time.  This time, however, I’m not going to post any shots.  I’ve been kind of meaning to speak my mind about a few things, and if anyone actually reads this, get some feedback.

First, I LOVE THE iPHONE!!!  I’m an Apple person through and through, and when they announced that the 3gs was coming out, and the 3g was reduced to $99, well I just had to take advantage of that.  I know that there were some features in the 3gs that were really tempting, but figured I could outfit the iPhone with accessories and apps for what I could get for just the 3gs.  So after a month or two of playing around with it, I’ve come to realize that it’s an incredible platform for photography in addition to being a telephone/ipod/smartphone/etc…  I’ve been really impressed with the 3MP camera, and with some of the apps (and without), have shocked by the pictures I’ve taken.  It’s allowed me to capture things that I wouldn’t normally capture and shoot on the fly when I’m not carrying my 20D.  Ok, I lied, I am going to post some shots.  Here are a few I’ve taken with my iPhone:

So it’s been a lot of fun using the iPhone to supplement my photography and 20D.

I’ve been feeling for a while that I’m in a rut.  The iPhone has helped a bit because I can capture things on the fly, but overall, my photography feels stagnant.  For a long stretch, I did not take many shots at all, and even my total for the year is much less than the 3 or 4k I took just last year.  I’m finding I’m shooting the same things, going to the same places, becoming frustrated, etc…  However, I have been experimenting with processing techniques using both Aperture and Lightroom (yes I have both), and that has been productive.  I’m just not where I want to be.  Within the last two years, I think I’ve begun to develop my creative eye, and see things around me in a different perspective.  Now I’d like to turn that into making some $$, getting myself out there as a professional (not that I consider myself a professional or anywhere near one right now), and being able to upgrade my gear.

To this point, I’ve basically just walked around and shot what I found interesting.  There have been a few instances where i’ve had a theme or a goal (see my Essex County Hospital set on flickr), but otherwise, I just walk and shoot.  I’d like to be able to develop projects to work on.  I have one in mind right now, but I have to wait a while for that to come to fruition.  It’s here where I lack creativity and direction.  I’m tired of shooting Manhattan, quite frankly.  Today I walked 12 miles and shot 242 exposures.  Sure they are different than my previous photoshoots, but still, I need to do something different, something grander.  One thing that will help is when my replacement hotshoe (oh yeah, I broke mine :(  ) arrives I will have my flash back.  I’m still intimidated by shooting people, and it’s one area where I need TONS of practice and improvement, but I’d like to at least be able to shoot engagements or senior photo’s for people.  Weddings scare the shit out of me, because it’s a one shot deal (no pun intended).  Perhaps someday.  I wouldn’t mind being a secondary photographer on a wedding though ;) .

Anyways, now that I’ve vented in my longest post, and really first true blog post ever, I’m about to crash.  12 miles of walking in the heat is draining, though I’m sure it’ll help me get back into shape.  Thanks for reading this, if anyone actually did.