Life outside of photography

We all feel it as photographers….

The pull. The need to shoot and desire to create something that we can’t quite put our finger on, but it’s waiting there, sitting on the cusp of tomorrow.

We plan for as many eventualities as we can. We’ve looked at the weather report and it’s going to be a glorious day tomorrow. We can just imagine the light and we can anticipate the shots we are going to get. A few long exposures of the stars over the hills, then as the light fills everything in you can catch the hills in the distance still fogged and grey looking in slight shadows, and you will ‘chimp’ away on the back of the camera grinning to yourself.

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We’ve shot this spot to death, but still we come back because it’s beautiful. And we appreciate its beauty from our work station’s screen. Our partners do not want to getup at 5am to drive that hour to our shoot point and stand around freezing as we setup and shoot, so the beauty envelopes us in isolation that we later talk about. But we can never quite convey the majesty of the morning’s light, so we hope our shots do it justice.

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Subsequently we sit in front of our monitors, teasing out every detail from the long exposure, or stacking the star trails shots we’ve taken, and we are happy. Our soul is sated for the time being.

And then it begins again….

I’ve been overjoyed at some of the shots I’ve taken at such times, and I still look at them and think ‘blimey. I shot that’. And this was all at times like 2am (for star trails), or late at night so that I nearly missed the last train home when shooting in London.

Social media likes it and then you think ‘I need to top that’ and so you spend a lot of time trekking out again at every opportunity, trying to recreate lightning in the bottle. It’s hard. The weather report never said it was going to rain today, and I think, ‘damn I’ve forgotten my Ultra Wide Lens’ or, ‘damn I’ve reversed over my tripod’ (I kid you not, I did that), ad nauseam. And these result in bum shoots and disappointment. We’ve all had them!

What I do feel a lot of photographers seem to be oblivious of, is how much of the real world can just whip past us.

Never underestimate being in the here and now for the ones you love. Sure they understand, but like anything, it’s a finite resource.

Be the person on the jetty just soaking up the sun and looking at what mother nature does best. Be at the family table for breakfast.

Just be present. And not fiddling on your phone looking at photos.

This is the quote that I feel I should use.

Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things
— ROBERT BRAULT

However this is the quote I am going to use Zombieland Rule #32. Both are equally valid

Enjoy the Little Things
— Tallahassee