Give yourself a little license to play

Souped Up El Capitan
You can click on the image and see a larger version of it in Flickr. It’s cool..

If there’s one thing that totally stood out for me today, is to never underestimate the power of just playing around. I think that often times I’m usually trying to execute (i’ll share more on that later), than play. I think that makes getting different ideas a little harder.

Take this picture for example. I went into it with no real pre-conceived ideas of what I wanted to do with it. Truthfully, I was just looking to let out some steam, and playing with pictures is one of those things I do for that. (Aside from Call of Duty). I started playing around and about an hour later, I got this.

I turned it into my Twitter background (, but to be frank, I don’t really know if I even like it! However, in the process of playing with this image, I just stopped thinking about dotting the lines in the projects. In the process of that, my head wandered into “wouldnt it be nice if I would just..” land.

The moment that happened, i came up with two awesome ideas. I stopped, wrote them down in my notebook, and went back to playing with the image. It’s one of those moments where you’re too close and you cant see the forest for the trees.

Sometimes you just need to step back and let your brain play a little. I actually think I like this picture more because of what it gave me than what it is. Funny, huh.


  1. A magical creation! Really like the result of your playing.

  2. Hey RC great HDR image from Yosemite. Enjoyed your teaching at DLWS!

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