I have a few locations near me that I will take the camera sometimes when I just need to get out and shoot. Every photographer, I am sure, has this small list. Sometimes these places can seem so mundane, especially after returning from vacation where your experiences were all brand new. But the real gift is that they exist at all. To have a number of “photo spots” whether they be natural or urban assures that you can always be somewhere quickly when you need to get out. These are places I am able to go with my camera and take a quiet morning walk and a few photos. It is all well and good to explore unknown places, but having this short list helps when you only have a few minutes after work or a weekend full of chores.
One of the places that I find myself visiting often is Fairfield Lakes. It is just a cluster of man made fishing lakes near the Wildcat River. A good walk is to trek along the creek and around the lakes. There are two lakes on either side of the country road that intersects them. I’ve never seen more than a handful of fisherman there and when the weather isn’t ideal, I am usually all alone there.
X100T 1/60 f/2 ISO 500
I’ve actually seen quite a bit at this particular park and there is always something new for those who keep their eyes open. I found the above snakeskin nearly 100% intact one day recently. I think I will do a couple blog posts that feature some of my favorite places in the near future.
A winter break is in order and I will be signing off of blogging and social media until the first of the new year. I need a break to gather thoughts and work on my craft. My winters are usually a time of change, and when I emerge from this one, I’d like to know which direction I’ll be heading. I love the interaction that social media provides. I can browse through a Facebook or Google+ stream and be inspired, learn something new, and stay up to date with loved ones as well. But it does consume minutes and hours and with so few hours of daylight, my time seems very compressed during this part of the year. I have so many items on my to-do list right now and it is just time to get to work. I have lighting to learn, projects to piece together, and a business that needs some direction. I have a crapload of photos on my hard drive that need some organizational attention. I want to study – really study – the work of some of the photographers I consider masters of their craft. These are all things I have put off for these darker winter months and I am simply ready to get down to it.
Simplify. Simplify. Simplify.
I’ll be back invading your streams in the near future, hopefully with some worthwhile things to share.
For now, a photo of a dawn near the Chalk Cliffs of Mount Princeton, an October or so ago. I really miss the mountains and hope that 2014 affords me the chance to get back west.