Photography News | Issue 36 | absolutephoto.com
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Editor’s letter Summer blues
Generally speaking, the summer is my photographically least productive season. I suppose if I put the seasons indescending order of number of pictures shot it would be autumn, winter, spring and finally summer. Don’t get me wrong, this is in a relative sense and if we said summer, for the sake of argument, was June, July and August I’ll still rack up several thousand personal pictures. It’s just harder work. Whether that is physically because it’s warmer, or because the light isn’t great unless you shoot at the extremes of the day and it seems generally busier out on the street, I don’t know. I might be down on the summer business because I have just got home after a sticky, sweaty few hours in London working on my DLR project, and I came away with nothing. Well, I took 86 pictures and they are just dull. Let’s not pretend here, I am very good at taking dull pictures – like most honest, self- critical photographers – but I think I have truly excelled myself and have really plumbed the depths of mediocrity this time. My DLR project is self imposed and simply a reason to get out with the camera and over the past seven months since I started it I have usually came back with more than a few shots that I gleefully endow with ‘five stars’ in my Lightroom catalogue. Usually I have enough keepers to occupy me on the computer for a couple of hours at least. From this ill-fated trip I grudgingly gave two shots five stars and it took just a fewminutes to do the editing. The whole saga was a waste of time, but I shouldhaveknownbetter. Theweather forecast was for wall to wall blue sky accompaniedwith temperatures of 28°C or more. It was about 24°C, according to my car, when I headed to the train station at 8am. I should have turned back then and spent the day vegetating in front of the
TV, but no, I sallied forth hoping against hope that I’d grab a few worthwhile pictures to add to my burgeoning collection. There is no such thing as bad light, but clearly it was the wrong light on this occasion and I couldn’t evenseepictures in the first place. Maybe it was the light, maybe it was the heat or the two together, or it simply might have been an off day, which we are all prone to. Bynoon, hot andbothered, Iwas sat inanair- conditioned pub regrouping and searching for inspiration at the bottom of a glass or two. If all this sounds like desperation and a waste of time to you, then let me say it wasn’t. I had more than an inkling that it wasn’t going to be a successful day in terms of pictures, but you knowwhat, that is the beauty of photography. Some days you go out with no expectations and it turns out to be brilliant; on others you go out expecting great things and you get home with nothing. On this occasion I expected little and, despite trying, that is exactly what I got. But do you knowwhat, I still had a good day out rackingupof a loadof steps, exploringparts of London I’d never visited before and making a mental note of interesting spots to return to when the conditions are more conducive to picture-taking. So the day wasn’t entirely wasted, even though it was frustrating. However your summer adventures with your camera are going, we’ll meet up again next month. I’ll be in Germany at the biennial exhibition, Photokina, so will hopefully have news of lots of lovely photo goodies to keep us warm into the winter.
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