living and learning and owning up

traveling and not working with earhart. has been such a change for me. i have noticed so many things about my self and my photographs, and me as a photographer.

a. i am not tec brilliant, something i have always known. but so clear, now that i do not have my crutch (earhart)
b.i shoot .. and the way i do i am so hard, on my angles, on what i ask of the models, on what i ask for in the photo in myself. the soft beauty one sees in a woman’s form. i push it. to bring a harsh side to her or to her through her surroundings.
c. i need to learn. to start over. to bring out the soft in my works..and stop being so pushy to get something that does not need to be brought out, and control myself to shoot someones soft beauty.
d.i need to re learn. and re learn again all the tec stuff. i let fall by the wayside. stop depending on editing (i lost all but lightroom when i got to au, so i am now forced to, but it i know now happened for a reason, and a good reason at that)
i need to re learn all the tec stuff, earhart always did for me, when we worked together. i depended on earhart, and i did not realize how much i did until i started shooting here in oz.
i need to re learn. that i can shoot. in any light, in any room. and not say well i could not get the pov or the light was not good.i am or i thought i was a photog. so there should be no excuses.
e. stop blaming my camera/ equipment for not being good enough. it is me. not my equipment that is the issue. (as i have envy for those who have the equipment i so desire, as i see non photogs with better than mine.. but its not the camera, the lens…it is me and either i can do it and do it well or not)

so this is my journal today. to mark the fact.. i always say make it work. yet now, i am not in my little town in vigiinia.. i need to stand on my own 2 feet , and stop and own up to my flaws.

thanks,e,d and to tony ryans class.


  • Tara Johnson
    Tara Johnsonabout 5 years ago

    T, you are your own biggest critic hun, I am sure all will be fine. Just take a deep breath, smile, and keep on shooting!!! : )
    I’m missin ya being here in the area. When you get back, we need to celebrate big time!

  • Karen Cougan
    Karen Couganabout 5 years ago

    Well said Chappel, glad you got here safely and great that you are learning heaps about yourself……….which inturn I am now questioning myself………….thanks for the inspiration

  • Roberto Duran
    Roberto Duranabout 5 years ago

    :) you are great in what u do… And your photos could b not with the best technic but they are full of emotions… Thanks for giving us with u work

  • Jan Cain
    Jan Cainabout 5 years ago

    there are no flaws in art. it’s just live and learn… learn and live… have fun… feel the joy of change and celebrate those changes. ur work rocks. u rock!!! rock on!!!!!!!!!!! xoxo cain

  • jacqleen
    jacqleenabout 5 years ago

    I so agree with Jan….but I also know the OZs have a unique way of processing their images and even the way they take them…..but YOU also have your own STYLE so don’t lose sight of that…..cuz u do ROCK as Jan puts it :))) Missed you around here….and I do hope you’re having a blast so far :)) xxxx

  • InnerNortherns
    InnerNorthernsabout 5 years ago

    sound like being in oz ,has given you a new perspective

  • berndt2
    berndt2about 5 years ago

    Depending on the editing is what I’ve almost as my ethos, and I do need to get out of that habit. Sometimes you can compensate, other times you can’t. Equipment vs User is a tricky thing – it’s not always as simple as taking responsibility when you’re pushing your equipment to the limits (my camera’s autofocus in an ‘emergency’ can really let me down) and not blaming the tool. But all that aside, I guess you have what you have and you have to make it work somehow. On the basis of your work, I’m sure you’ll have no problem! All the best, Bernd

  • David Petranker
    David Petrankerabout 5 years ago

    Tara, you are a far better photographer now then you were, before your work was always hiding behind a computer program, your work now is natural and honest. Keep it up.

  • lol! now i have to not hide!! and not use programs to help me along!!!—chappel

    – Earhart Chappel Inc. IPA

  • David Petranker
    David Petrankerabout 5 years ago

    Basically your work rocks and it rocks even more now

  • lol..trying!!!—chappel

    – Earhart Chappel Inc. IPA

  • David Petranker
    David Petrankerabout 5 years ago

    You have no photographic flaws

  • lol have plenty ! david! —chappel

    – Earhart Chappel Inc. IPA