Is creative energy limited or limitless? What do you find?
This week I’ve had several creative projects on the go other than photography. Now that I am turning my focus back to photography, I am finding the muse decidedly absent. So I am left wondering… is creative energy limited? Perhaps I have spent all my reserves and just need to find a way to re-fuel. Any thoughts my fellow artists? Have any useful tips on how to get in touch with the muse again?
HOW THIS IMAGE WAS MADE:
This is an image taken last spring along the shore of Lake Ontario. There is a rock beach that I like to walk and I often find interesting debris left behind after the spring melt. It was taken on my Nikon D700 with my 14-24mm lens. I shot 7 bracketed exposures but chose only one exposure and processed it twice in Lightroom. The first had some increased clarity on it and the second, I decreased the clarity as I wanted to enhance the smoothness of the water and the glowing of the horizon. I then brought both versions into Photoshop and blended them. In photoshop I used a couple of my favourite plug-ins; Topaz Lens Effects to further smooth out the water and Nik Color Efex to lighten the center and darken the edges. I also played a bit with using luminosity masks! Something I am researching and trying out every chance I get. Maybe that’s why the muse sat quiet. Perhaps she was overwhelmed.
Anyhow, hope you had a wonderful weekend my friends - I know I am squeaking this post in under the wire. I’ve got my my order placed for a whole bundle of new creative energy for us this week!