I can't believe I've been at this project for four weeks now. I wondered if I would be out of ideas by now. Some days have been harder than others. Knowing where to start can be a tricky thing. But something seems to spark me and I find myself down new rabbit holes of editing possibilities.
The most challenging aspect of this project has been storage and display. How do I keep all these files organized? Thankfully I have a well-organized file naming system through Lightroom. Having Photoshop and Luminar set as plugins within Lightroom allow me to make edits that seamlessly transfer back into my library. I have this project stored on a mobile 1TB drive separate from my master drive. Since I'm trying to edit on a regular basis, I like to have the drive on hand in case I'm away from home but get the spark to edit. This also allows for greater ease of access and flexibility in work space. If I was forced to work only at my home desk, I may have trouble staying committed.
How do I display this on my website? I want titles and descriptions to go with each image since I've been recording my process as I go along. Finding a way to get that information to display without it hovering over the image has been surprisingly tricky. I suppose I've found some limitations to my website that I failed to consider in the beginning. This continues to be a work in progress, but I have some ideas.
All in all I'm actually enjoying this project. The past two weeks have taken me down some interesting roads. I incorporated a poem by Robert Frost titled "Of Fire and Ice" into one of my edits. This image has a lot of fire elements to it, but the blues remind me of cold ice. Robert Frost has always held a special place in my heart, and when I stumbled across this poem in search of fire themed poetry, I was immediately struck. The outcome wasn't quite what I envisioned, so I plan to revisit this idea with more tools.
I've enjoyed taking this image to an even more abstract level. #25 reminds me of a cathedral. I would love to see this image in print. #24 was something I've been wanting to do for a while now. Take an image and layer it upon itself with progressively smaller versions. I didn't know how to approach it until I accidentally hit the Transform command. Happy accidents can lead to good things. It was hard to know when to stop! I plan on trying out some alternative editing ideas with this edit in the future.
There you have it. Four weeks into a 52 week project. I have no idea where this road will go, but I'm enjoying the process. Below are the results from weeks 3 and 4.
Have any questions? Suggestions? A particular edit you'd like to see? I'd love to hear them. Leave your comments below. The possibilities seem endless!