Many of us have been in the photography sphere for some time now. Long enough to know what kind of pictures we can take, and what kind we leave behind. Recently I saw an interesting question pop up in my news feed.

Didji

“What made you pick up your camera in the first place?”, it read. It made me think about what I used to photograph and what I am shooting nowadays. Things have certainly changed over time.

Lately, I have been out and about to find owls. They live here year-round for the most part, but some have come from far to be photographed by me. I do get snubbed by them some years, but eventually they come back and pose nicely.

Great Horned Owl

An owl has always had that “wise” look over him (or her). Always slightly disapproving of whatever you are doing.

When the weather is inclement, the photo opportunities are plentiful. We’ve all heard that. Some go storm chasing, others brave the summer heat to photograph a melting ice-cream cone. In winter, I like to go out at night when the flakes are coming down.

Portage Avenue

Incidentally, the temperatures are usually also fairly inclement. The last time I went out, it was no different.

We all have them, those photos that “don’t make the cut”. Whatever the reason is, you still held on to them, “just in case”. They can be those blurry shots of a family gathering, or a fluffball on a near-empty branch in the woods. For some reason we hold on to them.

Arctic Fox

Others simply never throw away any picture, in the hopes that one day a program will come by and create a master shot out them after all.

So, 2019 is gone. Never to be seen again. For some, the year would never end, for others, it went by in a blink. A blink just as tiny as the shutter speeds of the majority of my pictures. A little more than 6,400 pictures, totalling some 10 minutes of shutter time, which includes some long exposures of 30 seconds.

Remnants of Christmas 2019

That’s a year in numbers of a photographer. Perhaps I should add the time spent on processing, but that is difficult to assess. What counts is that I still have pictures to post here on my blog, and that there are still people reading the said posts.