My focus is primarily around landscape photography with a special interest in night time cityscapes, star trails and a bit of time-lapse as well. One thing I’ve never had an interest in is photographing people. While I find some of the portrait/wedding/event photos I come across to be gorgeous and impressive, I’d sooner poke my own eyes out than try my hand at it.
Recently I was on vacation in Cuba and had brought a metric shit-ton of gear with me because the general lack of light pollution means the opportunities for the types of pics I like to take are exponentially greater than what I’d normally see at home. I had a plan and a list of shots I was determined to capture over the seven days we were there. Of course, it was a total shit-show from the beginning. About 100 shots in, the new batteries in my intervalometer died and the *new* spare batteries I brought were also toast (normally I’d get well over 10,000 shots on fresh batteries). I also discovered, on day one, that my camera’s sensor was inexplicably covered in dust and I had no way to clean it (it has a built-in cleaning mechanism but this problem was well beyond what that was capable of dealing with). So, 12 hours into my vacation and my plans for the next 6 days are shot to hell. In an attempt to salvage things, I made what little adjustments I could and worked around some of the issues, hoping against hope that I could fix the rest in post.
Back home I’m two days into working on the images and it’s pretty clear that I’ve got about 30Gig worth of trash.
I’m still not sure what it is about that image that pulls me in, but I now realize that I need to find a way to get more of ~it~ into my landscapes if I’m ever going to find any satisfaction with my photography. I don’t know if this image is the beginning or the end but it feels important (hence the overly dramatic self-importance of this whole thing). And that, ultimately, I think is my challenge – if I look back at some of the other images I’m proud to have produced, I don’t feel anything. I take no pride in this image – it was a lucky snapshot – but, and please excuse this, it does give me all the feels…