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Trash day, that is what I call it from time to time when I go back and purge some of my shooting. But I slowed down today and took a harder look at what I trash. I had spent a day in Baltimore back in early August and shot randomly while strolling and shopping/eating. I did a few edits and posted a number of them. Sometimes when shooting I’ll try to get skyline mixed with some architecture. The one I liked from that days shoot, I posted as Wednesday Wave Riding. I was about to go through this folder and trash the stuff that didn’t thrill me and I had several of these selected and almost deleted, when I paused.

Rooftop of McCormick & Schmits in Baltimore. Photo by Mike Hartley

Rooftop of McCormick & Schmick’s in Baltimore.
Photo by Mike Hartley

Then I just started to play around with this group of images. None of them stood out to me still. And I hesitate to even share them but together they at least give me a theme for a post. I’m sure I often miss the mark on good photography, I don’t have the hours to apply in my life at the moment to fully apply myself, but you can be sure I’ll never stop trying to get better. I try to be a good photo editor. I worked with some good ones over the years and I hope I’ve learned a few things. So that is why I’m still conflicted to post things I don’t see as good work.

Baltimore MD Photo by Mike Hartley

Baltimore MD
Photo by Mike Hartley

But the one thing I’ve learned about sharing my work though this blog and the other photo site (which needs attention) is that what I sometimes think isn’t up to snuff, surely gets a good reaction. Go figure! So in that sense I’m trying to be a little less critical. But on the same time that worries me about losing people through the lack of quality content.

Rusty Scupper Roof Photo by Mike Hartley

Rusty Scupper Roof
Photo by Mike Hartley

Together I guess this group isn’t bad. Way to touristy for me but I do seem to be liking the boy on the back of the USS Taney looking down at the water with the flag by his side. Maybe the different shapes of the Aquarium in the foreground below is OK? One never knows for sure. But again when I think back to why I started this blog. It was for me and if someone else got enjoyment out of it also that was Great. That I was using it to build my photographic and journalistic talents. (yeah I know, I need a lot more time and effort).

Pier 4 and cityscape in background. Photo by Mike Hartley

Pier 4 and cityscape in background.
Photo by Mike Hartley

Most of the time it makes my day if my family see’s a post they like and say “Dad, I liked that photo or thought or observation you shared today.” I don’t promote this or push it on my friends or extended family. I don’t hide it. I’m not embarrassed by it. People are just so busy its hard to fit stuff like this in. And the last thing I want anyone that is important to me to feel obligated to keep up with this blog.

Young man gazing at the water off the back of the Taney docked at Pier 5 with the roof of the Marine and Environmental Technology looks over him. Photo by Mike Hartley

Young man gazing at the water off the back of the Taney docked at Pier 5 with the roof of the Marine and Environmental Technology looks over him.
Photo by Mike Hartley

So in hopes that someone might like these shots, here they are. If it’s lame work, I apologize to your eyeballs and brain for the waste of time. But you know, I kind of like two of these shots now as I type this I look below and I like the smokestacks of the PowerPlant in the windows. So maybe there is hope, I’ll have to slow down and look harder at some of my work before I hit that delete key.

Reflection of roof of Power Plant in building windows. Photo by Mike Hartley

Reflection of roof of Power Plant in building windows.
Photo by Mike Hartley

And then again. Maybe someone will say I should have gone with my gut instinct in the first place and not published any of them. There is the dilemma when working alone. It’s a good thing I’m not as critical as with what I write or there wouldn’t be any words in my post. So its time to get my ass behind my camera and shoot some new material this weekend. With the colors of nature on display that will be hard to avoid. But Mother Nature is always more beautiful than anything man can make. Well for the most part. Have a great day all.

Unfinished roofs. Photo by Mike Hartley

Unfinished roofs.
Photo by Mike Hartley

 

 

Author: Mike Hartley

With a lifetime and a half in the Newspaper industry I'm preparing for my retirement career as an Artist, Writer, Photographer and Video content provider. I'm a proud father of two wonderful children and I'm still married to the first girl I fell in love with and probably only one that would have me.

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