Randy Bayne

Starr’s Mill – Improve Your Photography by Going Back

Starr's Mill

About this time last year I posted about a visit I made to Starr’s Mill. A lot can happen, and a lot can change, in a year. Before last year’s visit to Georgia moving here was not even a remote thought. It wasn’t until several weeks after my visit, in May, that we pulled the trigger and made the decision to move to Georgia. We made an offer on a house that is a short drive from the place I called one of the “Gems You Don’t Want to Miss.”
Starr's Mill mug
I knew at some point I would go back over to Starr’s Mill for more images. We have driven once by without stopping since moving here, but it took a visit from my parents to get me to go back for more images.  They had driven across country from Arizona to visit us in Georgia and my aunt in South Carolina. Showing them the town of Senoia followed by a drive to Starr’s Mill would make a great start to their time here, and when Mom asked if we could go see the mill on the mug I had given her the trip was sealed.

Repetition can make you better

A college professor once told a class I was in, “Repetition is the mother of learning, and the father of boredom.” The class was obviously going to be repetitious and boring. Later I found out he had modified the quote from something Zig Ziglar had said or written, “Repetition is the mother of learning, the father of action, which makes it the architect of accomplishment.” That sounds a whole lot more motivating, but either way we learn that repetition can be a good thing.

One of the ways I have found to improve my photography and motivate me to do more is by repetition. Returning to places I have already photographed to make more images. It has become part of my process for improvement. Practice may not make perfect, but it does help you to improve. And I will admit, it can be boring on occasion.

A word of caution here. When I say repetition can make you better I mean when you are repeating the right things, good things. Repeating the wrong things and things that don’t work is idiotic.

Some subjects deserve more images

Starr’s Mill is one of those places that was made for photography. It is a quiet and peaceful setting. Being right on a main highway doesn’t seem to distract from that. It is one of the chief reasons I went back, and will probably go back again. In the end that is what art is about. Painting, writing, photographing, creating for the sheer pleasure of making something. For the pleasure of creating and being creative.

Starr's Mill

More about Starr’s Mill

The scenic Starr’s Mill Park was featured in the movie “Sweet Home Alabama,” starring Reese Witherspoon. Find out more about the mill in the movie by visiting Sweet Home Alabama: Then and Now – 12 Years Later and following the links for pages 26 through 30.

Learn more about Starr’s Mill and find other scenic places across the country at Scenic USA.

What are your thoughts about going back to the subjects you have made images of and doing it again? Let me hear your constructive comments below or using one of the social media icon links in the sidebar.

About the image

This image is available for purchase in my Starr’s Mill gallery.

Technical info:
LENS Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM
ISO 200
Hand held.

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