A New Sense of Direction

For the past few months I had been very much disconnected from photography.

I wasn’t shooting; I wasn’t meeting with like-minded people; and I wasn’t reading or posting much.

Last year I did gain some inspiration, and very recently (only this week) was inspired by the HDR images of one of the members of a photographic forum I frequent.

Consequently I started experimenting with HDR this week, and have had some very pleasing results so far.

After a few shoots and some pleasing imagery, I am convinced I have rediscovered my photographic mojo.  I never felt I lost it; it was just pushed aside for a while, and I knew I’d get back into it; it was just a matter of when rather than if.

In the process of so doing, I’ve found that I have moved away from my usual subject matter of dawn seascapes and models.

I have a new direction, and my photographic work this year will consist of photographing scenes of Sydney during evening twilight, as well as capturing some of the city’s splendid interiors and producing HDR images along the lines of my recent work.

The project is called Blue Sydney.

For now, I’m parking seascapes and models.  I’ve found that I just don’t have a strong drive in those areas at the moment, and frankly, over the past three years I’ve shot a lot of dawn seascapes and plenty of models.  I’m not saying goodbye to these subjects altogether, but they’ll definitely take a back seat to what is currently driving me.

I cannot force myself in a particular direction; I have to wait as long as it takes until something taps me on the shoulder and really makes me take notice.  The new imagery I have created, and am in the process of creating, as well as the broader theme behind it, has done precisely that.  I will go with it until it’s time for a change of scenery.

It’s a new year, and there is some new photographic direction.  Bring it on.


8 thoughts on “A New Sense of Direction

  1. Robert H Carney

    Any direction is great as long as it fulfills your own needs! As an older photographer, I feel I redefined my tastes several times. As time passes you may do so again. But the creative spirit is powerful when you have it and you certainly do have it…
    Glad you chose to return!


  2. Andrew

    I stumbled across your website through the whirlpool forum of all places. As an amaetuer photographer, you have definetly inspired me! Your seascapes are amazing…… after viewing them i went down to Long Reef on Sunday at first light to try an emulate some of your wonderful photos. If mine were only a quarter as good as yours id be over the moon.

    Thanks for the inspiration and the wonderful photos!


  3. Rob Potter

    Hi John,

    I am with Andrew, I was incredibly awe struck when I looked through your very impressive portfolio. I can across your site as I searched for Photo Locations in Sydney for a web site that I am developing called: Photography Hot Spots. In which people with a love of Photography from any level can share, browse and upload their own favorite Photo locations. The site is also about inspiring others which is exactly what your photography does!

    I am relatively new to Photography myself but have developed a passion for it and in particular the subject you speak about in your blog: HDR. I love HDR and the colours and tonal depth that you can achieve and am really excited to see what you can come up with considering your already impressive images.

    I would love for you to share (if you will) some of your favorite locations in Sydney on Photography Hot Spots.

    Good luck with your new Direction and all the best
    Rob Potter


    1. Xenedis Post author

      Hey there Rob.

      Thanks for stopping by; I’m glad you’ve found enjoyment in my images.

      Unfortunately I just haven’t been shooting a lot over the last six months, but I am keen to head out again soon.


  4. timwratephotography

    John… The beauty of photography is that it is a dynamic hobby… one’s skills and tastes constantly change and develop.

    For me, it was a move to film. I have to say, I have not looked back. It has given me the ability to see ‘scapes in an entirely different light. I hope a move towards HDR does this for you.


    1. Xenedis Post author

      Thanks Tim.

      My aim with HDR imaging is not to produce that horrible, over-processed, unrealistic stuff that’s so prevalent; but to use the technique to enhance the reality of the scene which cannot entirely be captured by a camera.

      Last year I pretty much stopped shooting for months; I wasn’t interested, and it took a while for me to start again. Even now, I have very little interest in shooting the subjects in which I’ve specialised for several years. I have other subject matter I’d now like to shoot, but thus far the pace has been slow. I’ll just go with the flow.

      Good luck, and enjoy, your work with film, and thanks for stopping by. I haven’t been frequent with either photography or posting updates here, so it’s good to see someone out there is still reading my musings.



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