242 days! Wow. Has it really been that long since I last posted on here?
According to my favorite Alberta weather blog, Alberta Foothills Weather, it has.
The past winter was one of the worst I remember for light, snow and photographic weather. I went out a few times and always came back empty handed. Photography had lost it’s shine but I’m back. Not sure how often I’ll be posting to here but I promise that the next one won’t be in 242 days. :)
Even though I wasn’t taking pictures I still browsed my favorite photo haunts on the web almost daily. The level of photography has been steadily rising. The difference between amateur and professional is negligible and in some, make that most cases I find the amateurs more creative and technically proficient.
Some things never change though. I still get emails from a company here in western Canada and always included are the “workshops”. A new selling point is workshops given by “masters”. I don’t know who appointed these sales people masters because as far as I know there isn’t such a thing. LOL Maybe you’ll be more tempted to buy into these things if they are being taught by a “master”? Anyway my advice always is to avoid these things like the plague unless you don’t mind throwing your money away.
Geez that felt good. I haven’t had a semi rant for ages.
Back to the pleasant things in life like this mornings excursion out of town. Weather is the single most important element, no pun intended in my landscapes. With the right light and weather an old place on earth can look photogenic and that is the case here. Alberta is crisscrossed with thousands of kilometers of rural back country roads. During the majority of the day they look uninspiring.
Today was a great morning. Up at 4:00 a.m. Brew a pot of coffee for the thermos. Out the door by 4:30 a.m. and home editing photos in camera by 7:00 a.m.
BTW, the title of my first post this year is in reference to Travel Alberta’s great ad campaign. Their television spots are great. love them. Their print spots are, well, less than inspiring. It seems that they can’t avoid cherry picking the more photographic places in Alberta to the exclusion of the lesser known but equally beautiful places. Too bad whoever is in charge of the campaign isn’t a bit more imaginative.
BTW, thank you so much to all of you who wrote to the the past several months asking if I was healthy and okay. I appreciate your thoughts and concerns.
In the mean time, happy shooting!