Digging through some 2013 photos, I found this set I took at an instructional nighttime photo walk around Boston I did near Christmas time. The walk was a very thoughtful birthday present from my sister and was led by a photographer from Remember Forever.
Since this was a "beginner class" I wasn't sure how much I'd learn from the technical side, but I'm of the opinion that I can always learn something and when it comes to photography, it is pretty hard for me to not have fun. [Enjoying myself for 4 hours at windy, subzero temperatures was proof enough!] I concentrated on the toughest aspect for me (composition) while the instructor led us around to some pretty cool shooting locations. As it turns out I learned a LOT, mostly about things I never even considered.
- A lesson Joe McNally likes to pass along: "If you want to make more interesting photos, try putting your camera in front of more interesting things." This photo walk was case-in-point for me.
- A lens at 24mm on a crop sensor camera body may seem "wide" but for this kind of stuff, it is not nearly wide enough.
- Camera batteries from ~2007 may behave like new under normal conditions, but outdoors for hours at 0F before the windchill will kill them very quickly. Luckily I had 2 - keeping 1 in the camera and 1 in my jeans pocket kept (one of) them just warm enough to function.
- What initially was a set of disappointing photos to me, after nearly a year, actually turned into a set I like. Sometimes time away helps.