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Abstract Light Streaks #419, Edit D, aka, Ganesha and My Thoughts on doing Photography Everyday

Title: “Abstract Light Streaks #419, Edit D, aka, Ganesha”.

Creation Date: 13 August 2019.

By: Nawfal Johnson.

Copyright 2019 Nawfal Johnson
All Rights Reserved
Penang, Malaysia

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Photography Everyday?

“One question I get asked sometimes is, “Do I do photography everyday?””

“The simple answer is, ‘No’, I don’t photograph subjects everyday.

In fact, sometimes, one, two, or even three weeks may roll by between the actual process of photographing things.

I know, that is ‘BLASPHEMOUS’, some other Photographers may exclaim!

Well, here is my reasoning: IF, I photographed everyday, I would never get to the actual creation of Art Photographs that I do, and my photographic art pieces do take (considerable) time to complete.

I already have a backlog of RAW images that I need to edit and work with. Maybe other Photographers need to be photographing everyday, but I don’t! I already have enough RAW images I need to work with, and I can only do that if I am at my desk, working with those images on my TAB (or a computer) and doing the ACTUAL creative work to design images for my various series.

So, ‘No’ is the answer to that question. When I run low on RAW image files, or, if I just want to go take pictures, then, I grab my camera and hit the streets to find new subject matter. Nevertheless, I am always composing images in my mind, and photographing images in my mind as I walk around: It is a habit for me.

☆ I do always carry my camera with me, as that is PHOTOGRAPHY’S FIRST CARDINAL RULE: ‘ALWAYS HAVE YOUR CAMERA WITH YOU’!

However, that does not mean that I always take my camera out and capture photographs for nothing. In my opinion, a subject REALLY needs to POP-OUT at me and grab my attention, or look VERY interesting for me to compose a picture with my camera. It is just the way I am now, with my photography.


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Best Photographs a Year According to Garp

I’m just mess’en with ya!

No, it is not the best photographs a year according to Garp that matter…No.  It is the best photographs in a year in my opinion, for my photography.  For I am my hardest critic, so when I think I have captured and designed a good, or great image, I say,

“Wow, this one could be one of my best images this year!”

Your Own Vision – Your Own Voice:

Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.
Jonathan Swift

You see, as Swift said, vision is inside the artist.  That is why an artist, a photographer will see something significant to their vision, and then photograph or paint it.  This “vision” may be totally void of everyone else seeing what you, the artist, sees.  Does that mean that your efforts are worthless?  No – maybe it just means that others do not understand your vision.  Artist’s Statements are helpful in this case, so the artist can attempt to describe in words, the meaning of the art piece, or art series, or their motivations for creating the work.

Ansel Adams said there are only a few images per year that are significant in anyone’s work:

Twelve significant photographs in any one year is a good crop.

I believe Ansel was correct.  Too many people believe that all their photographs, or most of their photographs are fantastic.  I’m not sure how they get that idea, unless if it is based on popularity due to them having hundreds of followers or “friends” on Flickr, or Facebook, then obviously, a mathematically formulated proportion of those followers will probably hit the like button, or leave a comment, like:  “Wow, awesome!”  Or, “Linda!” Or, “Show!”  WTF does that mean?  Or, “She’s HOT!”  I believe that this building up of one’s ego through social photo websites is not a good indicator of fantastic and meaningful photography:  I just do not see the connection.  Perhaps others do, but I do not.  I also do not believe that these social photo websites are good for photographers who want to genuinely improve their photographic skills.

  • People who really want to see your photography improve, and everyone’s craft can improve no matter how long they have been at it, will help you improve by giving constructive comments by way of positive reinforcement and honest commentary:  An Example of this is:  “Nice Photograph, I see where you are going with this image, and your perspective is unique.  Did you consider shooting from this other angle,” etc.  That kind of comment is better because the viewer offers the photographer another perspective on how to do the shot, or shots in the future.  It is, in other words, constructive and helpful.  I am not saying you have to agree with the constructive advice all the time, but some may be helpful for you.
  • It is not to say that the commentator knows better than you do about what you have photographed, but they may have another approach you could try, or maybe they saw something you missed.
  • It is great to get all sorts of ego-boosts from followers of your social photo networks, but it is not very useful to help you improve your craft.
  • Appreciation – If anyone takes time to look at, and or, comment, on my photographs, I really appreciate it. Thank you.


As Ansel said, 12 great photos in one year is an amazing crop of images – a good collection.  In general, I think that most skilled photographers have lots and lots of good photographs per year, but great ones…I think that those are a very select few.

How do you know a great shot?  I do not know the answer to that question, but a photographer has a gut feeling that a scene they captured, and the photograph they created from that scene, could be a great image for them, during any year.

With that said, and I am not expecting anyone to agree with me at all, I feel that my photograph of Firefighter Uniforms all hanging in a row, inside the fire-station, in Penang, Malaysia, is one of my best images so far in 2013.