Last week was very productive in terms of photography. Since I have a new schedule at work, I am able to go out and shoot more often. If I plan on going for a brief stroll, I usually pack my gear the night before. Sometimes I have to cancel due to weather conditions or because I have tons of work to do. Other times I'm just not inspired enough and I go back home. But there are days when I don't plan ahead and I still decide to give it a try. That has been possible ever since I chose to always carry a camera in my bag. It is not a fancy camera, but it does get the work done. Up until last week, I wasn't very excited about it. In fact, I briefly wrote on that in a previous blog back in October. However, things changed when after work last Tuesday while I was driving home, I saw that one of my favorite forests was covered in fog. It was drizzling, but since I always have mountain boots in my car, I decided to give it a try and see what could I bring home. I only had my Canon G16 point and shoot with me, but the conditions and the place were so good that I didn't care. I found beautiful light and incredible ambiance wherever I looked. It was raining and cold but I stayed out almost two hours, just driving, stopping and walking around. When I got home I couldn't be happier. I had captured beautiful moments of quietness and cold.
I love the feeling that I get when I achieve a beautiful set of photographs in an unexpected way. My creativity explodes and it makes me go out and be more productive. I constantly want to be out creating memories. That is why, the following Thursday, even though the sky was clear and the sun was up, I still decided to go back to take a look. This time though, I played with light and how it reflected on plants and trees. Because I had previously thought about it, I took my new Fuji X100T which I had bought for when a light camera and the awesome 35mm point of view is all I need. Obviously, the quality of this camera is much better than the G16, so I was excited to take it out and see what could I do with it.
All I can say about this is that sometimes, when you least expect it, the conditions seem to be perfect to initiate a process of creativity. Therefore, it's always best to carry something to capture the moment with. Who knows, they may end up being some of the best shots you make or just a new series you create.