This morning I took advantage of the glorious weather to go out for a run. I try to do so three times a week but sometimes the weather truly interferes. Today was just gorgeous, blue skies, perfect temperature (bordering on a tad too warm on the way back, but exertion might have had something to do with it !), light breeze, clean smelling country air. Perfect. It felt great and sweet and energizing. Then I got thinking that this is the end of the long, warm days, and before we know it winter will be upon us and we’ll be left photographing our feet, kids, dogs, all indoor, mushy and noisy. Oh, and coffee mugs (all enthusiasts I know shoot a lot of tableware, lol).
There’s no much way around it. My own living room is extremely dark in anything but crazy bright sunlight. And unless the weather is extremely clear and sunny I pretty much need to have lamps burning at all times (yeah, not too great for the planet, I know).
Sure, you may also be given some Halloween and Christmas shots. I will definitely post more of the same indoor barn horseriding, that probably bore you halfway to tears right now (weirdly enough I still can’t get enough of those, I guess seeing a 5 yr old so proficient on a pony just fascinates me).
Winter cases of G.A.S (gear acquisition syndrom) tend to skyrocket… Photogs get bored, don’t have much to shoot and little light to rely on, so we spend a bunch of time surfing the internet for new goodies, that manufacturers never fail to deliver just in time for Xmas shopping. I fear for my wallet this year, as Sony is supposed to reveal some new and extra fancy new NEX cameras in late October. I much doubt I’ll be able to resist.
I’d be much better inspired fine tuning my flash technique. Or maybe it’s even time to get that flash off camera and do the strobist thing a bit. I just hope it doesn’t set off yet another wave of photo gear purchases !
Winter is also the time I like to fall back on my manual focus lenses. My subjects tend to do a lot of static playing or TV watching so the opportunities are there to nail focus with those wonderful legacy lenses. Another potential Buy It button itch…
They’re always liable to be picked up, handled and moved by giant humans ar any moment. I think it must give them a hopeless feeling at times ? I mean how scary must life be when you’re at the constant mercy of tower tall higher beings ?? Sure, there are upsides too, though. Being taken along pretty much everywhere and enjoying beds and sofas is pretty cool.