silent night.

Although the lack of wind was in my favor last night, the bitter cold was not. I forgot how much is dislike Nova Scotia winters.

Last year I had posted a few thoughts: “photography: is dressing like an idiot (see picture above) to stay warm on days like today, lying in weird things in weird positions in weird places just to get the shot you want, waking up early or staying up late just to get that perfect picture… then sifting through all the pictures late at night to find the perfect one you took. it’s walking for miles just to see something not many people have and its risking your heart if people don’t like what you produce. all in all, those things just make it better. its still a beautiful thing to me.”

What is photography to you? Do you think its worth being cold, wet, uncomfortable, etc just for one shot?

Last night, I was so cold I couldn’t put my tripod away or even preview my photos. Thank god the three other participants were WARM IN THEIR CARS while I stood outside for all the exposures. I even climbed up onto an overpass that isn’t yet completed (yes, it was even colder being higher up and yes, it was harder because I am so out of shape). Whatever, I’m not bitter (slightly, perhaps.)

This is one of my favorites from last night. It is darker than I would like but I love the stars in this shot. I will produce another much like this once we have an abundance of snow. I YouTubed “how to remove power lines” this morning when finishing and later felt stupid about my last post. It literally took 3 seconds to remove them with a new technique. Anyway, no one cares about the technical stuff!

One Comment on “silent night.

  1. What is photography to you? Do you think its worth being cold, wet, uncomfortable, etc just for one shot?

    Photography for the photographer is different than photography for the viewer. Photography for the photographer is process, it deals with dozens of technical issues concerning equipment, post processing and presentation, it deals with technique and all the choices that have to be made concerning subject matter, plus there are all the details of finding/making time to pursue it and getting to locations that provide variety and interest.

    The viewer only cares about the shot, what they can see, what the photographer places within the four walls of a frame so photography for them is product, an end result, something to be consumed. Given the average attention span most people will view a single image for a few seconds before moving to the next, it doesn’t matter if photo A was a snap with a minute of time invested and photo B required walking two miles through mosquito infested bog before sunrise, an hour of post production and a $10,000 telephoto lens. People are as likely to pay five bucks for one as the other.

    In terms of justifying personal hardship it is, in my opinion, those who push their personal boundaries improve the odds of success because they will investigate things/places/people that are unique by virtue of the difficulties they present.

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