[T]hat old September feeling... of summer passing, vacation nearly done, obligations gathering, books and football in the air.... Another fall, another turned page: there was something of jubilee in that annual autumnal beginning, as if last year’s mistakes and failures had been wiped clean by summer.
Fall is in the air. I love all that comes with fall in Florida: cooler days, cozy sweaters, holidays, and the like. I’m also happy that it’s almost time to make the trip up to Duke to visit my daughter, where I can get some college students home-cooked meals and take in the changing foliage.
Whenever I travel, I always try to schedule some shooting time, as I find a change of surroundings helps with creativity. I google the area and check out the must-see locations, then I check out images on Pinterest and Flickr for inspiration (but never to copy!). I also make notes of what gear I want to bring and any camera shops in the area that I want to check out.
For challenging my creativity, I find it most helpful to assign myself personal projects and to travel. By stepping into the unknown, you force yourself to adapt, and this helps you learn to solve problems and work with what you have. Remember that you can challenge yourself even by exploring the new parts of your own town or joining a local photography club. The goal, after all, is to shoot as much as possible.