I think it is pretty safe to declare at this moment that fall color is officially over. Temperatures in Michigan have been below freezing for a few days now, and it is a good time to turn on a little old blues music, and catch up on some processing and organization tasks. It is the season of brown settling in, and when my photo activity tends to drop a bit while waiting for the ice to settle on the shores and in the ponds.
Something I did earlier this year was make a post about some goals I had for this year. I am not normally someone who writes down new year resolutions or many goals of any kind, so I went a bit outside my comfort zone there. I guess I just never want to set myself up for disappointment if I am not able to accomplish one of them, let alone make it known to others!
I went back and looked at that today, knowing the photographs may be far and few between through the end of this year. So here is my assessment so far of what I put in that post:
Long Exposures: I did go further in my learning with long exposures (beyond that 30 second in-camera meter capability) – and let me tell ya – long exposures are — looooong! It is quite an adjustment go from waiting 15-30 seconds per frame to 2-4 minutes. In between clicks you find yourself going through a mental checklist of all the things you hope you didn’t screw up in this frame so you wouldn’t have to wait again. Then you start counting grains of sand, thinking that cloud looks like a duck… It is a lesson in patience no doubt. I still have a lot to learn on what works well and what doesn’t – but I am happy with what I have done so far.
Wide world at f1.4: Another disappointing year in trying to make this work. I didn’t really try as hard as I could have – something always seem to come up in its place, something I knew would just work better with more depth of field. I will put this on the shelf again perhaps until spring wildflower season.
Stonescapes and Abstract Expressionism: While I didn’t make as much progress on this as I had planned for, I still see these coming weeks as a great opportunity to fill in this gap. It is hard to justify staying indoors photographing rocks when there are fading things happening outside. So I hope to intersperse this season of brown with exploring color indoors very soon!
Panoramic Macros: Well, ha – I didn’t do any! Probably more a function of not wanting to always take my tilt-shift lenses with me when my backpack is already stuffed. There is still ice to be found!
Urbex: While I didn’t do as many urbex trips as I did in 2012, I still managed to get out and explore some. In particular I enjoyed the trip along the Detroit River which gives a very different perspective in an automotive / road intensive area. It still remains a bit of a side project for me, and I need to get my head around the images I have and how to put them together.
Turbulent Seas: I suppose this is another one of those projects that will evolve over a period of years, not just months. This is the time of year when the Great Lakes get particularly turbulent, but heck – it is also pretty damn cold now! And I see this project perhaps in direct conflict with my wanting to do more long exposures. Seas don’t look so turbulent anymore when blurred away. Another one to put on the shelf.
Well, if I get my butt in gear and catch up in the rock quarry, I can have 2 of these 6 that I made some decent progress on. And here’s the thing – I don’t feel particularly bad that I only did 1 or 2 of this group. They all still remain in my head that will come out at some point or another – whether it is in a year, or a lifetime. I suppose the bigger fear is that I just accumulate so many different projects or goals, that it becomes hard to focus on any one of them.