Talking To Trees

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Did you ever encounter someone with a really striking face. I’m not talking striking in the stereotypically beautiful way, but striking in that it has a lot of character. Maybe it is heavily scored by time or life, maybe it is scarred, maybe it is prominent structure… it made you stop and wonder about the story of the person behind the face. It also often makes you want to create a portrait of them. Anyway, I sometimes feel that way about trees.

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Peace Will Come In Time

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Eyeryone is hiding and no-one makes a sound

Everyone has a heart and it’s calling for something

And we are all so sick and tired of seeing things as they are
Horses are just horses and their manes aren’t full of fire
And the fields are just fields and there is no Lord
And everyone is hidden and everyone is cruel
And there is no shortage of tyrants and no shortage of fools
And the little white shape dancing at the end of the light
Is just a wish that time can’t dissolve at all

Musing About Light

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The weather has really taken a right turn here. This whole week was rain and overcast skies, which means the quality of light has really changed here. And that in turn has me thinking about light. In some sense, I am always thinking about light. It is difficult to be a photographer and not think about light. I love the light this time of year, it is some of my favourite. I also love the weather. Which makes me the inverse of many who prefer the summer months. I am not much of a sunny day kind of guy but this year I spent much more time working with those bright, full-on sun days and learning to photograph in that kind of light.

So this is one of the photos I made, where I was trying to work with the light, and the mood it brought with it. So much of photography hinges upon what happens before the photo ever exists. It is what is going on in your head. So I always try to work on that, being mindful of how I am thinking in addition to what I am thinking. And yes, it has been easy for me to slip into the “I don’t like sunny, bright days” mentality, but this year has also seen me have success pushing back against that and getting images I like as a result.

I only share this because moving into the rainy autumn months; I know many out there do the same thing with this weather. So I wanted to try to remind you that there are other perspectives out there. If you can find ways to tap into those, or share in what they see a bit, it can have a big benefit in terms of what you can do with that camera.

Good luck!