It's that time of year again . Spring, my favourite season.
I am a self confessed sufferer of that condition known as S.A.D. Seasonally Affected Disorder.... I have been called many things over the years, but it is sad to be labelled Sad ' ! Living in Cork, Ireland there is no escape from the seasons. I am not complaining, I chose to live here. I merely comment on things as they are. It is part of the human condition to have favourites and some not so favourites. My not so ' happens to be winter .. Autumn though, I like more, with its beautiful colours as the follage slowly changes from greens to wonderful reds, browns and Oranges. It is a good time for a photographer , although tinged with the knowledge that Summer has passed and Winter on it's way........... Back to Spring . A season of rebirth. Nature never fails to amaze me as everything around us slowly gathers momentum. A wonder of nature indeed. As the evenings start to stretch', so does mother natures subjects . Without fail. Something as simple as seeing the buds and leafs on the trees start to shoot . Like some time lapse video, but a little slower. If we blink though, we miss the spectacle . There are so many things going on though that it is easy to not to see it. We all have busy lives, rushing from one schedule to the other. We seem to be watching the screen on our mobiles and iPads, ensconced in social media, sometimes, to miss Natures new offerings. As a keen photographer I am continually looking at the light' . How it falls on our surroundings . Morning and evenings have very different looks', when the light is low in the sky, either building or settling down in the horizon. Either I get up early, or head off later in the evening to capture that light . My preference is evening. The light at the end of day is mesmerising to me.
The last light of the day as an Angler at Cobh harbour, Cork throws his line in one more time ' No-one is safe from my lens ( ! ) . Actually I did approach this subject and ask his consent, which although is not a necessity , but polite and can sometimes provide dividends . For this shot I was using a wide angle lens on my Canon 5DSR digital camera. It required that I move in close to the angler to frame the shot . I under exposed a little, shooting directly into the sun to produce that Silhouette effect that I think works well here. No model release required here.! the beauty of the Silhouette image. These sort of images do well in image Libraries as stock photography, which normally requires releases from subjects in shot.
I will end this post with reference to the Title .. Spring is winning the battle with winter, although I hear in Scotland they have significant snow . Even normally moderate county Cork had showers of frozen hail stones yesterday. Temperatures dropped to about 5c for a short time, a reminder that each season fights for its territory, eventually giving up to the next. As nature plays out it's survival of the fittest. Thanks for reading...