It’s been a while since I posted here, and I’ve been reflecting on the reasons for this. I can only conclude that it was due to a number of trips that didn’t deliver what I wanted from them, and that I was too critical of myself as a result. I don’t see myself as a perfectionist or a control freak, yet undoubtedly those traits exist within me.
I recently joined a photography networking group, and have already concluded that it’s not for me. On the first trip to a nature reserve it seemed that the pace of the event was dictated by the group. Unsurprising, but frustrating for someone who likes to linger with the things that inspire me, and move on quickly when they don’t.
The second event involved a model and a waterfall. This is a scenario I have successfully worked before, but here I found the event dominated by the gadget minded who wanted to set up lights everywhere, leading to a lot of dead time for the model (and me).
Then there were the two hours I spent on a riverside renowned for kingfishers where I didn’t so much as see a blur of blue, never mind capture one of the birds perching or diving. There was also the early morning walk around the nature reserve at Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire, where I heard lots of wildlife, but it was screened by walls of the sedge grass that makes this habitat unique.
Most recently I finished working in Liverpool late one night, so used the opportunity of being in the North West to drive to one of the more remote parts of the Lake District to shoot the sunrise. The forecast was perfect, the reality was that as the sun was climbing the cloud was descending. No colourful skies that day.
Let’s rewind though.
While the lighting guys were fussing over their exposure for the model I grabbed this in one of those dead times. That then allowed me to head to the waterfall before them and pick my spot for the waterfall, which didn’t need a model to add to it.
Whilst the fenland animals were mostly hidden that grass had its uses. What’s more there are some subjects that cannot hide.
Shame about that Lakeland sunrise though.
Well maybe. Or as some well known sixties rockers put it:
“You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometime you find you get what you need.”