Do photographers see things that the average Joe doesn't? Do we look at our surroundings differently? Do we seek out the unusual?
When I'm out on a hunt with my camera I'm often looking for patterns and harmony - preferably both at the same time.
My current theory suggests that going out with my camera will produce results. Intent leads to action and ultimately a successful outcome.
So I'm out there testing the theory and hoping I'm correct, otherwise I might find myself posting an image that is so bad that I'm going to be embarrassed.
But some days I really don't want to be out there in the rain or snow but I have to do it anyway - I've set myself a challenge. These are the days most amateurs stay at home curled up in front of the TV. Now, in mid December, I'm forced to work with poor, flat lighting. Thankfully, snow has a certain magic, not least because it fills shadows and makes certain subjects almost seem luminous.
Right now I have the time to get out there and with any other activity practice is good and I have already noticed an improvement in the way I get down to business. The process is becoming less error prone as I remember to check camera settings before firing off a whole load of images. In the days of film when releasing the shutter really mattered - to your wallet in particular - I used to think SAFE: Shutter, Aperture, Focus, Expose. Now it's a little more complex but at least we have the image review "crutch" to save the day.
I know Vernon and Coldstream well, but I'm getting to know it better. I hope these photographs inspire others to stop and look a little closer at their surroundings. We are very lucky to live in such a beautiful part of the world and all too often we take it for granted.