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!

Quantum Gate

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Being a film photographer I move a bit slower and am more concerned with the nature of delayed rather than instant gratification. Also, this image happened to be the first exposure on the roll, meaning I had to make it through another 11 shots to finish this up and even see this exposure. The notion of first exposures is a worthwhile one to explore. A higher-than-normal percentage of my favourite images tend to be the first or last exposures on a roll because I tend to lend more weight to the making of those photos. For example, I typically don’t load an empty camera, or empty film back, until I have a picture to make. That means when a roll of film does get loaded it is because I have enough of a purpose in mind to motivate me to load film. And the film that gets loaded is being selected for the first image it will be used to make. Along those lines, when I get to the last frame I really try to make that last exposure count. There is no better way to wrap up a roll of film than with an image you are excited about. Another way of approaching this is to go out without any spare rolls of film. I did this on this outing with my two Hasselblad backs, one of which is dedicated to colour and the other to b&w. I opted to not take any extra rolls of colour film with me and that back was on exposure 10, meaning I had only three shots remaining for an entire excursion. It is limiting but scarcity can also place greater value. With only three shots, or by waiting on my first shot of the roll, or the last shot, I am placing a higher-than-normal value on those exposures and because I do so, I tend to enjoy a higher-than-normal success rate with those images.

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Visions By The Sea

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My skewed perspective on focus is not a recent evolution. Rather, it is a tendency that has been there awhile, explored some time ago with the aid of a Daguerreotype lens in this particular case. This has just aided in my explorations, provided me a new instrument by which to poke around at the edges of my perspective on how to focus.

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So we made the trip north, poked around and climbed above the exposed mussel shoals.

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Just us, the sky and the sea. Bliss.

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