Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Late again

As yesterday, I didn't manage to go for a walk until late, this time together with our second youngest daughter, to a nearby park.

Soon it is that time of the year when it is dark when you commute to work, and dark when you come back home, and most of the day you are inside a building in artificial light. That gets depressing after a while.


Anonymous said...

Hello Juhaa,

Your photo YELLOW is fantastic. I think that I looked at it for almost five minutes, it is quite mesmerizing.

I understand how you feel about the darkness of winter and commuting during the Dark Time. I live in Canada. I was a teacher for thirty years and had an hour drive each way. When you begin to feel depressed, perhaps a little light therapy would be helpful.

Anyway, although I very much enjoy the photos you take during the spring, summer and fall months, I think I enjoy the ones you take during your evening walks in the winter the most. In fact, your work has inspired me to study night photography techniques so that I can start taking my own night landscape pictures. Your words have been very motivational. I now feel guilty if I don't get up and out of the house to go for a walk. If you can do it after a long day at work, I should be able to do it as well since I am now retired and have a lot more free time than you do. My wife now is starting to go for walks with me as well.

I look forward to seeing your photos and reading your words each day. Thank you for your wonderful photos and for being such an inspiration.

Best regards,


Juha Haataja said...

@Errol: Thanks for the kind words!

As to the darkness, we still have (in theory) 9 h 14 min of sun being up, but when it is clouded, it is quite dark as the sun is low on the horizon.

I have found the LX5 to be a bit more predictable that the LX3 as regards artificial light sources, especially city lights reflected from the clouds. But of course there is still variation, as there really isn't one "right" interpretation.

As to "Yellow", the photograph is surprisingly close to the way the human eye saw it. I enjoyed the way larch and birch both had the same coloring as the street lights.

And about walking: it is more important to me than taking photographs. In fact, thinking about the "occupy movement", I can't help thinking that the world would be a much better place if people walked more. Walking is a human thing.

Markus Spring said...

"Maple" is it for me: Known subject, different, but not through any art filter, pixie dust or lensbaby. Works for me - I guess I am overly square...

Juha Haataja said...

@Markus: Thanks!

I often forget to look upwards - as demonstrated by the numerous photographs I have in which the ground is the subject - but every once in a while it is good to change direction...