Weekly Photo Challenge: One Shot, Two Ways

I’ll be honest – I had decided against doing a photo challenge this week…until I saw the theme that is.

I have just returned from a couple of days of exploring and playing my way around the Thousand Islands region in Up State New York with The Hubby…a quiet weekend retreat for both of us.  The weather was amazing, the atmosphere relaxed, and my surroundings were abundantly inspiring.

On the second last day of our mini-vacation, I began photographing the sunset after a long and beautiful afternoon out on the water.  We perched ourselves on the rocky shoreline of Lake Ontario, anticipating a fantastical display of golds and oranges that would surely mark the sun’s final salute for the day.  Alas, clouds slowly started rolling just as the show was about to begin, muting the brilliant colours I wanted to see.  I started snapping anyway, noticing delicate pastel colouring on the horizon and becoming intrigued by the cloud formations in the sky.

I was not yet aware of this week’s photo challenge theme – but this is the way I work, it is the way I was taught: approach your subjects not just from one angle, but as many angles as physically possible in order to capture the intricacies of its character…there is more than “one way” to shoot everything you come across.

Shoreline, Sunset
Shoreline, Sunset
Reflected, Sunset
Reflected, Sunset

I literally shot the two preceding images one after the other.  The sunglasses my husband was wearing had very high reflective lenses.  I couldn’t help but feel it would have been an awesome infrared photograph…had I been carrying a roll on me.  In editing, I applied a digital filter to Reflected, Sunset to give it a similar effect.

So there you have it: I stumbled my way into posting for the photo challenge even when I didn’t intend to:

One Shot – Two Ways

Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond

chairlift – out of season

Okay – so I thought I took a photo of a chairlift during the “off-season”, unused and empty.  What I realised when I looked at the image again during edits, is that the background is far more exciting than my intended subject.

As you can see, way off in the distance, nestled at the base of a ski hill in Ontario, a village sits… houses and condos, peaked roofs, green grass, empty trees and a lake in the distance…

…beyond the chairlift…

Beginning Again {or The Daily Post Weekly Writing Challenge: Starting Over}

drawing board

As I sit and stare in disbelief at the words before me on the computer screen, I am overcome with the reality that I have to begin again.  I had hoped things weren’t really this bad…but it is now quite obvious to me now they are.  In fact, they stink.

At this point, I am unable to pinpoint the exact word, sentence, or paragraph that is the culprit responsible for the demise of my current writing attempt.  All I know is that somewhere along the way I began to develop a slow nagging itch of a feeling.  It was the feeling that I needed to stop what I was doing, and re-read, re-group, re-write or just plain abandon ship.

It may have been after the first three chapters.

Or the first five pages.

Maybe by the time I got to my 180th word, I knew deep down inside that I would be trashing what I had started.

But I stubbornly kept going, kept on writing.  One word lead to the next – a runaway train dangerously gaining speed.  Now I am looking at what I have produced, and I know in my heart of hearts that I will have to begin all. over. again.

I moan with annoyance and frustration.

The thought of starting this story over is so daunting and inconvenient at this point.  I have deadlines for other projects – photographs to edit and work to do.  I mean, I have wasted 2 days here.  Two days of my life that I will never get back.  This also means it will take me another two days to start again and get to the point in the story I wanted to be at today.

Maybe my heart just isn’t into it this time.  This better not be the beginning of a dreaded case of Writer’s Block.

ugh.

What happened????  I thought I had a strong plot outline.  A solid plot.  I made character charts!  I even put some effort in to a timeline of events to follow.  I planned and prepared by butt off!!

Perhaps I should have consulted all of these tools all little more as I wrote…

Now I have a bunch of characters that may I have created, but do not recognise.  I do not  know who these people who populate my words are, or how I let them get so out of control.  And my bullet proof plot?  It is quickly developing more holes than the asphalt on a neglected highway.

No, I can’t quite tell you the exact moment things started going south – but they did.  So now I have to deal with it.

Starting over isn’t always bad – how many times have you reinvented yourself and felt refreshed by a new beginning?

Do we not rejoice at the first sign of Spring – a time full of life starting anew with fresh, young leaves and buds on plants and trees?

A new start can be as exciting as moving to a new city, or beginning a new job…or even just getting a new hair cut.

a new beginning

But starting a task, a project, an assignment, over again – especially after you thought you had made good progress?  If you couldn’t already tell, this really irks me.

My grandmother once tried to teach me how to knit.  (note my use of the words “once” and “tried”) She gave me a roll of pink yarn, knitting needles and a basic, detailed lesson.  At first, I caught on quickly.  The square she instructed me to make was… well…square in shape and form with nice, neat rows  I happily sat knitting for about 45 minutes or so, gaining more confidence and imaging all the hats and scarves I would soon be producing.  But then I noticed something strange was happening: My square had started to look less square-ish and more like the State of Texas.  Upon seeing my utter dismay at this Texas-shaped square, my grandmother gently reminded me that I could “just rip it all apart and start over again.”

Well, my story has unravelled just as that knitting project, and my whole knitting career,  did.

And so, I must buckle down – again.  I will say good-bye to the horrible mess I have created and go back to a place I have already been with this story:

Square one.

As I hover my mouse over the “new document” icon and click, I am reminded of singer Billy Joel’s opinion on starting over in the song “Begin Again”:

“Yes, I’ve got to begin again.  And it’s hard.”

Yes, Billy – it can be hard indeed.

🙂

(My 365 Post Challenge may be done and over with, but I am starting my new chapter this week:  Post A Week, 2013!  Like I mentioned before, I will be focusing mainly on the photography challenges, writing prompt topics and weekly writing challenges throughout the next 12 months.  I hope you will join me in this endeavour – especially with these writing challenges.  Thanks again, Daily Post peeps – this week’s topic was a brilliant choice and really got my creative juices flowing…a great start to get me to my next goal…)