As in everything in life, slowing down and taking the time to breathe the air and enjoy the moment cures more ills than hastily diving in and mucking things up.
I found the advice in the, “How to Be a Better Photographer” section of the DS 106 handbook, http://ds106.us/open-course/unit-5-visual-storytelling/#becoming-better-photographers, to be poignant and spot on.I also found the advice to put a great foreground in front of a great background a reminder that it is not a bad idea to focus on the foreground.
This afternoon, while walking my dog in the backyard, I took a number of photographs looking into the woods. I specifically took photographs that accentuated the foreground. I think they came out relatively decently. Attached is one that I particularly liked.
This photograph was taken looking up from the base of an oak tree through the branches and leaves. It gives an interesting perspective. I especially like the texturing seen on the bark.