Chuck Close at some point said “Inspiration is for amateurs - the rest of us just show up and get to work.” I’ve been working under that flag for the last few weeks now.

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I can’t say I’ve successfully done the work I want to do, but I’ve definitely done some work and that feels pretty good.

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I went to visit a friend of mine in Portland. I was hoping to get some photos while I was there, but all I got are these 2.

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Not quite what I was hoping for.

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So now that I have the getting-work-done part down, it may be time to step up the quality.

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Earlier this week I tried to take myself out of my comfort zone and push myself into a new perspective with a wide angle lens instead of my normal 85. But I don’t know how to shoot with the ultrawide as an every day lens, so the experiment fell through.

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Bruce Lee said “I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.” I think i’ll take his advice and hone my skills with lenses i already love and that suit my style to produce work I can be proud of.

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So no more whining. It’s time to take some photos.