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How Do We Beat the Photography Blues?

It’s a Sunday morning in April.

A combination of family commitments and very wet weather have meant that it has been more than a week since I have been out with my camera.

The forecast promised a dry morning with some sunshine, but the rain has continued overnight and the morning is dull and misty, although at least it’s dry.

I had hoped for some early morning sunshine to get my photography up and running again but as I prepared to go out my expectations, and my spirits, were low.

However, I decided that, for the sake of my photography mental health, I needed to go out.

At least I would get a walk, even if I didn’t come back with any images.

I wasn’t sure where to go on this dull morning.

Would I go to the local shopping area and try some urban landscape, maybe get some black and white images?

Would I make the most of the aftermath of rain and opt for my local park? I could try for some close-up images of raindrops on flowers or photograph some spring colours glistening after the rain.

In the end, the pull of nature won out and I headed off to the park, still without much idea of what I would photograph.

I brought two lenses with me, my 35mm 1.8 and my 18-200mm general telephoto lens.

I thoroughly enjoyed my morning, as I always do despite my initial reservations, and I even came home with a few images. Granted, I may not have got any keepers, but I had fun experimenting - using the monochrome setting, getting some close-ups with my 35mm lens and capturing some of the beauty of nature after the rain.

How do we beat the photography blues?

Just get out there with your camera and see what you can find.

Here are some images of the day.

ICM (Intentional Camera Movement)

I was glad I got out with my camera on this Sunday morning.

I enjoyed experimenting, trying out different techniques and challenging myself to come home with some images on this dull morning.

I had a very enjoyable hour - I was out in nature, breathing fresh air, taking exercise and immersing myself in the peace and stillness of the morning.

These are just some of the benefits I gain through doing photography.

All I have to do is show up!


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