Creativity tip #1 – Shoot close to home

Turning orange and yellow at sunset, clouds are reflected in the still waters of the San Francisco Bay. The sky has been cleansed by a passing storm. Foster City, California.

Don’t wait for the weekend or vacations to get out the camera. Take one along with you as you go about your every day life. You never know when you might have an opportunity to capture something unexpected.

Even when I don’t have my camera with me (which isn’t TOO often!), I’m constantly on the lookout for interesting ideas for photographs. I get especially excited when I see opportunities for shots that are outside of the subject I normally shoot (nature, landscape, wildlife, etc). This helps keep my creativity going, especially when I’m stuck close to home for long stretches of time.

The moon rises over the San Francisco Bay at sunset.

While working one afternoon last week I could see out my window that there were some pretty interesting looking clouds lining up over the bay after a particularly wet winter storm had passed through. I quickly checked my tide chart and saw that it would be low tide right around sunset. It was a quick 5 minute drive out to the edge of the bay, and only 30-40 minutes out of my day. By being on the lookout for something that caught my eye during my day-to-day life, I was able to capture some beautiful colors in the heart of an urban environment of over six million people.

  • Alicia

    Beautiful shots, Hank! I really appreciate the sentiment too–looking for beautiful moments in the mundane of everyday life is an important message to keep in mind. Keep up the gorgeous work!

  • Alicia

    Beautiful shots, Hank! I really appreciate the sentiment too–looking for beautiful moments in the mundane of everyday life is an important message to keep in mind. Keep up the gorgeous work!

  • Deanna McCarthy

    These are absolutely stunning, Hank! Love ’em!

  • Deanna McCarthy

    These are absolutely stunning, Hank! Love ’em!