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Ventura County Fair

I’ve been feeling in a bit of a creative funk in my personal work lately.  Taking a photo a day and trying to post a good photo everyday can do that to you.  I decided to take a trip to the Ventura County Fair and see if I could re-energize my creativity.

The interesting thing is I’m not sure if it worked.  I try to do “street” photography often, but I don’t think I’m that good at it.  I need much more work to get good at it.  It feels so out of control for me.  I like to have more control of my lighting, and composition, and ideas.  The idea was to try push myself a bit.  I think if you don’t do that occasionally in everything you do, you will not move forward.

No matter what you do, take a day every once in a while and push the edge. Try something new.  Make yourself uncomfortable.  Try to fail even.

It is in your mistakes that creativity happens. I don’t care what you do, or what you are working on.  If you want to be truly creative at it, you must be in a position to make mistakes.  You must capitalize on those mistakes.  If you are not, then get out there.  Make yourself uncomfortable.  Fail.

Okay, enough of that.  Here are a few photos I took at the fair.  Click on them to see them larger.  I was not overly successful at the people pictures, I failed there.  I think I learned some things though, so it was worth it.

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