Getting out of a rut
Recently I was in a rut. It occurred to me that it might shake things up if I experimented with doing the opposite of what I normally do in every regard. I got a lens I seldom use. I set the camera to f/3,2, 1/100, auto ISO and left it there. I took a few snapshots of a vase of flowers in our living room, ignoring the blossoms and photographing the stems and the light on the vase. I walked around in my neighborhood and started shooting whatever grabbed my eye instinctively and quickly. I shut off that little voice that tells us “you can’t do that, nobody will like that.” These are all the reverse of my usual approach, which is mostly methodical and perfectionist. In processing I kept everything quick and dirty and odd. I set a white balance that was “wrong,” such as flourescent for a sunlit scene. Instead of making small adjustments I pushed the sliders to maximum and then backed off until the result was interesting. You get the idea.
I got no masterpieces but I got surprisingly interesting results. I also had fun. The photos below are examples, not offered for photographic merit.