contemplative photography

Challenges and Decisions

There are MORE challenges for bloggers and writers than there is time in the day. BlogHER hosts the November challenge to blog every day in November. Of course, since it is November, there is the challenge to count gifts and blessings in this month of gratitude. And there is the National Novel Writing challenge.

After a very disappointing results in the October Write 31 Days challenge, I am calling it quits on the challenge.

It’s not that I don’t want to accept these challenges. I realized that I am not a “write everyday” kind of writer. When I was in graduate school and taking the necessary “intro” courses to teach college composition, I wrote of my writing process: I do a LOT of head work before I commit anything to paper. That means I do my research if research is called for. I think about the topic a lot. I consider the points of view and the ways that I want to write. Then, and only then, can I commit anything to paper.

Even this blog post has been percolating for a few days. Once I’ve gotten the concept down in my head, the composition part is easy. However, it sometimes takes days.

I know. . . .  I could write what’s been percolating and save to drafts and schedule for a future date. And, as a blogger, perhaps I need to develop that habit.

But I am also someone who tends to work on “inspiration.” I write when I feel that I  have something worthwhile to say. I try not to fill my space with empty words.

I think my photography works along the same lines at times. I tend to do something with photography almost every day. A lot of the things I do, though, never see the light of day. No one sees the results, and I don’t even save the results for publication or posting. I experiment.

So, during this month of November, I will post when I can on what I want to. I will let my schedule drive me rather than the blog drive me. After all, this blog is as much for me as it is for “business.”

I’m going to pull an image that I’ve been playing with. My son likes it.


I wanted to emphasize the red leaf, so my first idea was to desaturate the image and then paint back in the color on the leave. I used one of the Topaz actions in the Simplify set.  I think this is the chiffon action. Again, I painted some of the leaf color back in. The vignette is a bit light to my taste, but I can go in a work on darkening it later, if I decide to do that.

Image play, post processing, even experimenting with camera angles and perspective helps to refine my vision.

By Olivia Fulmer

I am the OliviaIrene of OliviaIrene Photography. I am a photographer, a teacher, a story teller. I use this space to tell stories of life, family, and faith through words and images. I'd love to share your stories as well. Join me in this journey.

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