As summer comes to an end and gloom starts settling in around Britain there’s a group of people who start to become happier, photographers.
While everyone loves summer, and what a summer we had, the heat, bright sun and early sunrises are not ideal for most people taking photos. I’ve seen many people soldiering through the warm months by trying different styles. I loved Dave Fieldhouse’s (www.davefieldhousephotography.com) street photography last year and I’ve really enjoyed Karl Mortimer’s (www.karlmortimer.com) detailed abstract shots this summer. I didn’t take on any projects to keep me occupied. Instead I carried on doing what I normally do, or at least tried to. This included carrying a heavy camera bag round Croatia for 2 weeks in 30+ degree heat and hardly taking a photo. Many days out in London, shooting interiors just to try and escape the heat. The sunny weather does bring some wonderful shadows that are ideal for street photography. As a result I did find myself wandering the city with a lighter setup (still heavy in the heat) looking for some contrasty street shots.
That’s all in the past now, with autumn fast approaching and photography conditions starting to get better. My social media streams will be full of misty tree photos once again; it actually may have already started. I’ve already seen some misty mornings on my way to work over the last few weeks and the sunrise is getting later and later. This will please many but shooting in the city, mist and early starts don’t affect me too much. I am however hoping for some dense fog in London like we had a couple of years ago. Fog makes London look so timeless; it lets you create a new spin on classic compositions. By not being able to see something, that everyone knows is there, creates a sense of doubt in the viewer’s eyes. London has some fantastic new architecture popping up; some nice cloudy days will hopefully give me a chance to get some long exposure photos of these new buildings. So I’m really looking forward to some not so great weather in the city over the next few months.
The end of summer also brings an end to the holiday season, no more crowded beaches. Trips to the coast for some seascapes can happen again. Bright sunlight, swarms of people and kids on ice-cream sugar rush highs are no good when you’re trying to take a long exposure photo of the sea. As the crowds and highlights on the water start to die down it’s the perfect time to head to the coast. I hope to get down to the south coast and over to the east coast before the winter. The end of the holiday season also brings holiday prices down, so cheap flights. I already have a few city breaks planned and I hope to try and squeeze a couple more in too.
Like many do throughout the summer I lost some motivation for getting out and taking photos. It happens to everyone from time to time but summer certainly seems to be a common time for it to happen. I’m hoping now that the summer months have passed by I’ll find some motivation and get out shooting more once again.