Inclement weather has not been kind to me when it comes to photography in the last few months. It may be a factor of my age and not being as resistant to coughs and colds as I used to be. More likely though, it is my disregard for dressing according to weather conditions that is the main reason that I have had been ‘under the weather’ for the last week.
Previously at this time of year I would be shooting in the desert areas east of Phoenix, Arizona. This year we chose to stay home. It has been a welcome change and one that I am very much enjoying. But this year British Columbia seems to be enveloped in much colder weather than usual. This has brought much snow, ice and exciting photographic opportunities.
Thinking more about my gear and photography as opposed to my personal well-being the consequences have been obvious. But I did capture some very interesting images that I am very pleased with. That’s all that matters, isn’t it?
Developing a higher level of ‘patience’ has been my goal in photography for the last few years. Taking the time to ensure that my compositions are clean and without distracting elements is a continuing process. ‘Patience’ has also meant taking the time to arrive at optimum exposures as indicated by my camera’s histogram.
I now shoot in manual mode. This has forced me think carefully about what I am trying to achieve in making a particular image. I shoot at higher shutter speeds to counter the affects of age related shakiness. In darker situations I will increase my ISO settings but for the most part I like a setting of 100.
Yesterday afternoon it was sunny, bright and -15 degrees celsius. As I moved along the boardwalk towards Tug Boat Bay I observed a woman and her dog enjoying a walk along the shore line of Okanagan Lake. The dog couldn’t resist diving in.