I'm very pleased with this week's theme at the photoblog, Holidays in Houston. I made a point of going to several places around the city where I knew there were big Christmas light displays and decorations. It's the first time that I purposely went to multiple locations to put together a theme. I hope to do more of that next year.
One thing I learned while doing this. Remember the Things I've Learned About Photography post? One of the items that I commented on was
5. Pay attention to your thoughts and emotions while you are shooting
I think this is more true than ever. Pay attention to how you feel overall because it makes a difference. I wasn't feeling so great when I went to Lights in the Heights. I was physically tired and felt like I was shuffling through the event, plus I was dealing with some personal decisions and the ensuing repercussions. I was distracted and I think it shows in the photos. I wasn't really happy with the Lights in the Heights set this year. I wasn't fully engaged in the photography and it was flat. This time, however, I thoroughly enjoyed my time out capturing the city, especially one clear, crisp, cold night that was perfect for photography and being out in the city.