I shot RAW….then stalled
That seems a very unusual title for a blog post doesn’t it. As the author of the said title I have to admit that I am not quite sure of the full meaning behind it. As a whole statement it is not true. I didn’t stall because I shoot RAW. I do however shoot in RAW format and yes I firmly believe that the relationship between my photography and I have stalled. The last couple of weeks have been very dry when it comes to taking images which in turn has allowed the queue in the editing department to dry up too. I will end this paragraph with a one word statement, a statement that includes those responsible for the lack of shutter action…. WEATHER
Now, I know I shouldnt moan about this as Britain in Winter is often wet, windy and cold and opportunities are few and far between. There have been opportunities this year….just not as many that happen to fall in line with my ability to get out and seize the moment. I have managed it, about twenty times in one hundred days. That’s a 1:5 ratio……and that compared to last year’s effort..are you ready 1:4. Now it just took me all of 6 minutes to work out those statistics, quiet pointless really.
So, Tuesday was sunny, windy, sunny and still very windy. Another day in which photography was to take a back seat and a wander around the dam ensued. The wander was great, breathtaking in a different way.. the wind was gusting and aircraft were making dynamic approaches to the airport. Wandering along and a flying can of ex-pop came careering towards Elaine and in a whoosh that would have done the blockbuster movie Twister credit it divided us in the street. The words “Did you see that” in unison echoed out…..had it hit one of us on the bonce this would have been a different story.
Back to the photography and I have now realised that I took more images for the January Instagram challenge than at any other time this year. Maybe I should set myself another monthly challenge…Am I lacking inspiration? ..Yes I am. This is not like me, It is also not like me to admit it too…I have taught students not to do this, I have told members of camera clubs not to do this and here I am doing it myself. The most I have done with my camera in the last week is place a sticker on the lens hood that states in large white letters I SHOOT RAW! Yes I do, I know I do, and now everyone who sees me will know too….that I shoot RAW and not JPEG. So bloody what……
I have to thank my great friend Colin Pitt and his wife Gaynor for their time and patience, there isn’t a day goes by that I don’t have either a Skype conversation or a message from my good friends. Colin very kindly cut me some stickers with the logo for “I shoot RAW” and I called him just now to confirm the actually fit the lens hood for the Canon 100-400. Yes they do Colin, thank you so much. Postage costs will be refunded one day, and I know they are accumulating. Colin’s website can be viewed here http://www.cppimagery.co.uk/ … a great pal, photographer and flight simmer.
Going back to the inspiration….or lack of it in this case; another good mate Dan McIntyre posted this on his Facebook page this afternoon, and its a point worth noting in my plight to take more photos.
He does have a point doesn’t he? So that’s my next step forward. Maybe I just need to get out more, maybe I need to stop thinking of things to take and just go back to what I used to do. Put the camera in the car and shoot from the mind! Do what comes naturally. So that’s my next goal.
On a day that has shaken the world with the events in the United States of America, our thoughts are with those affected and their families. You have my heartfelt prayers and thoughts.