iPhoneography, Photo Tips & Tricks

Finding the Beauty in Your Own Backyard

“In photography, the smallest thing can be a great subject. The little, human detail can become a Leitmotiv.”   – Henri Cartier-Bresson

As a photographer, I find there are days when I really struggle to be inspired.  I try to shoot everyday as I feel it’s one of the best ways to improve.  But some days I just don’t have the mojo.  Or, don’t have the time.

When I travel and get out and about, it’s easy.  I find I can “see” photographs everywhere.  I’m always inspired to capture all the places I go, documenting those moments and memories forever.  And, I’m sure I annoy my friends and family plenty as I do.

But most days, I’m not traveling to exotic places.  Most days, I’m at home in the kitchen working, doing laundry, and playing games with the little man.  And, it’s easy to become complacent about the mundane things that surround you everyday.

When I have one of these days where I’m at home and I’m lacking inspiration, I sometimes do the “100 Paces” exercise.  I just walk out the door, walk 100 paces in any direction, and photograph whatever I see.

And I’m usually rewarded with something interesting.  There is beauty even in the smallest corners of my backyard.

How do you find beauty in your everyday surroundings?  Why not try the “100 Paces” exercise?  

iPhone Processing:  Shot and filtered with the Lomora2 App
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24 Comments

  • Reply Vanessa Kessler March 13, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    I think your blog looks great. I can relate to what you are going through with sometimes lacking inspiration or “mojo”! It just can’t be forced. Great post and your blog layout looks great! I think the course is paying off!!!

    • Reply katherine March 13, 2012 at 4:00 pm

      Thanks Vanessa! Last week was design week for me but I’ve got to let that go now, even though I want to keep tweaking it. I think I’ll be tweaking it forever! Must focus on the writing now….

  • Reply Stephinie {Gypsy Forest} March 13, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    The pictures are lovely 🙂 And I love the idea of “100 paces.”
    cheers~
    stephinie

    • Reply katherine March 13, 2012 at 4:02 pm

      Thanks Stephinie!

  • Reply Margarita March 13, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    Your blog is just gorgeous — as are the photos in this post!

    As a writer, I can totally relate to not feeling inspired, especially in the everyday. What helps me is to re-read the blog posts I’ve bookmarked or some of my favorite books. That usually gives me the spark I need. But honestly, there are definitely days that I just have to move on and work on something else because I literally feel like my brain is empty. 🙂

    • Reply katherine March 13, 2012 at 4:12 pm

      Great suggestion on the re-reading. xx

  • Reply KtMac March 13, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    Such lovely photos! And I love your idea of “100 paces.” Living in the city means no backyard for me, but there’s certainly plenty within 100 paces of my front door or even from wherever I start shooting. -A Blogging from the Heart classmate

    • Reply katherine March 14, 2012 at 9:44 pm

      Yes, just take 100 paces from anywhere, or 50, or whatever works!

  • Reply Brandy March 13, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    Hi Katherine,
    I love the layout of your website, it’s fresh, simple and easy on the eyes. Finding creative energy everyday definitely is a struggle I can relate to, I have troubles posting regularly enough on my own blog. The creative juices seems to come in waves, but I am working on figuring out what triggers creativity in me. I started reading a great book by Sark called, Make Your Creative Dreams Real: A Plan for Procrastinators, Perfectionists, Busy People, and People Who Would Really Rather Sleep All Day. It’s really helping me focus and understand myself and how to get things moving in my head and heart.
    Ps I am one of your classmates 🙂

    • Reply katherine March 14, 2012 at 9:45 pm

      Really appreciate the comment. Good book recommendation, I’ll definitely look into that. x

  • Reply Laura Williams March 13, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    Fab fab fab pictures. I find I really struggle taking pictures without people in, and doing something like this is such a good exercise to get me thinking. Especially with my ‘photo a day’ on FB, if we or the kids haven’t done anything interesting then being able to find pictures like this is great.

    New blog style looks great too!

    • Reply katherine March 14, 2012 at 9:49 pm

      Thanks! I know, it’s like I just don’t know how to make pictures of us sitting at the kitchen table playing plasticine any more interesting. Yes, get out there and try something different. I know I’ve seen some you’ve done that were great.

  • Reply Anne Jutras March 13, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    Hello Katherine,

    I love your montage, beautiful photos! And about the 100 paces, what a great idea! Many time we have beauty just in front of us and we don’t see it.
    Happy shooting!
    A friend from Blogging from the Heart. 😉 xx

    • Reply katherine March 14, 2012 at 9:51 pm

      Thanks for the comment. For the montage I used a photo template from http://www.puglypixel.com so check her stuff out.

  • Reply Lisa March 13, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    What a great idea! Can’t wait to try it. 🙂

    • Reply katherine March 14, 2012 at 9:51 pm

      Yes try it. Maybe they’ll be a post in there….

  • Reply Michelle March 14, 2012 at 10:27 am

    I love the 100 Paces idea too 🙂
    I’d try it right now but it’s the middle of the night and I’d likely fall in a hole! But tomorrow it will give me a reason to get up from the desk and go outside for a break from work. Thanks for the great suggestion.

    • Reply katherine March 14, 2012 at 9:52 pm

      Ha! Maybe you could walk 100 paces down the hallway at the hotel! Thanks for the comment.

  • Reply Emily Quinton March 14, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    What a lovely idea. It’s so good to take a break sometimes and just stop and look at what is right in front of you (or 100 paces away!). My children often help me see the pleasure in the little things that we so often take for granted. There is creativity and beauty everywhere if you take a moment to look!

    A friend from Blogging from the Heart xxx

    • Reply katherine March 14, 2012 at 9:56 pm

      Love your “the little things” posts. This fits right in.. xx

  • Reply Esmé March 14, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    Ooo, this place is looking spiffy! I recognize the PuglyPixel picture layout, which just reminds me that I had a dream about Photoshop. (You know you spend too much time on Photoshop when you dream about it.)

    I love your iPhone photos. They’re so rich with color and hue, and the compositions are wonderful. I especially like the color and structure of the leaves in the bottom row, middle photo.

    x
    Es (BFTH as well)

    • Reply katherine March 14, 2012 at 9:36 pm

      Esme – so appreciate the feedback and the comments. I’m having a major PuglyPixel crush right now. She’s taught me that PS isn’t just about editing photos. If you shoot with an iPhone a lot, try the Lomora2 app. That’s what I used for these photos. It’s one of my favorite apps. Kxx

  • Reply The Beauty of Blogging from the Heart « Recreating My World March 15, 2012 at 7:10 am

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  • Reply julie March 17, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    Hi Katherine,
    what a bright space you have created here, it´s fresh and clean but very personal. I like.
    And I ´m going to try that 100 paces thingy…see where I end up.
    Have a lovely weekend, julie

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