Everything would be so much easier if I did. Perfect pictures, a perfect photography business plan, a perfect web profile, writing that sets the world on fire……Ahh!! Sounds great doesn´t it? The idea reminds me of one of Nirvanas songs, “Oh me”:
“I don’t have to think
I only have to do it
The results are always perfect
And that’s old news”
But then again….what fun would it really be? The doubts, the mistakes, the joy of only sometimes creating an image exactly as envisioned, the everpresent search for improvement, it is all part of the journey. I would not miss it for the world, after all it is MY lifes journey, and it is for me only to travel it. And for you only to travel yours…
…Nah! I´d rather continue REACHING for perfection, but I hope, (and I am pretty sure) I will never get there.
Periodization is the act of deliberately varying the volume and intensity of your training activity during the year.
For most people volume and intensity is high in periods of high motivation. The plan is often to keep training for increased fitness week after week. The idea is fine, but it does´nt work in the real world where we live our every day lives. The mind and body consider everything we do and ads it up to the total amount of stress on our system. Training and exercising is only a part of what takes a toll on our body. Work, familyobligations, and off course health, are all a part of the equation that determines the rate of improvement and skill level in our activity of choice. And even more important, the strain on our mind and body.
Periodization then, when done right, is a crucial way of balancing our active life. Avoiding burnout, sustained motivation, and good health are possible benefits from a planned schedule. Plan for periods where you only maintain a certain level, no increase in fitness is wanted, because it is not possible in the long run anyway. Schedule maintainance periods when you know you will have a high workload, extended family activities, or are busy with other time- and energy consuming pursuits.
That way you can be highly motivated all year, and the thing that goes in periods is your training volume and intensity, not your motivation. Make 2013 a periodized training year!
The Birch tree is the most common one in my part of the country. It is easy to take it for granted, since its everywhere. It is widely appreciated for its quality as a woodworks material, and campfire fuel. Still, it is often overlooked as forests with its rather modest appearance.
To me the Birch tree resembles something of quality, solidity, and “down to earth”. It has been a long ongoing personal project to photograph birch in various shapes and places.
Sometimes I miss those innocent days when I wandered around with my trusty Nikon F3. A shaky tripod, which I don´t miss, and a few rolles of velvia film was all I carried most of the time. Pressing the shutter with causion, only when the chances of a good image were high.
With scarce amounts of money to spend on film, you had to make every frame count. Waiting every new month for my copy of “fotografi”, staring in awe at the amazing images of those established photographers. That kind of skil level seemed to be out of reach, and in many cases, it was. So much about photography was unknown to me. It still is, but those days were mysterious in a way. How did he take that photograph? How can she come so close on those faces, and still make them look natural? What camera is he using? That Leica M would be nice to have some day! Maybe I should go to the beach like Elliot Erwitt!
Oh, well! The Digital Revolution came and swept the whole photography community off balance for a while. When the dust settled to the ground a new era was upon us. Dane Sanders calls it the “Digiflat era” . Now everybody can raise their level. Technically, you can learn everything on the internet, at least in theory. You can market yourself, and showcase your photos worldwide for free. Pressing the shutter in the same tempo a hummingbird flaps its wings is no longer a financial hazard. The opportunities are limited only by your own desire.
The new era in photography is no longer new, it is well established. And things will turmoil once again, and we will face a new era. I have decided to make the best out of what ever the circumstances are in this beautiful pursuit called photography.
It is still all about painting with light !