So much snow

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The neighborhood I live in looks amazing in the winter.

I’m no fan of winter. Anyone who knows me, has heard me bitch about my distaste for cold weather and my extreme dislike of snow. I really have no use for it. It is cold and wet. It makes driving dangerous. It makes running, heck even walking, an injury waiting to happen. It steals my parking space. It just sucks.

I don’t ski. I know snowboard. I don’t own a snowmobile and I don’t own snowshoes.

But it sure is pretty.

This winter, as I try to develop my creativity and explore photography, my favorite thing to shoot has been the snow. My neighborhood looks especially pretty after a few inches of snow. Tree branches are weighed down and covered in white. The streets lose their gray, dreary color and and beam as the sun reflects off the bright white snow. Even the cars, covered in snow and plowed in are a sight to behold, as long as it isn’t my car.

Today was no different.

When I left work last night, it was spitting snow. By the time I turned off the kitchen light to go to bed, the driveway was covered in an inch or so of snow. When I woke up, the world — well, my neighborhood at least, was white.

I’ve tried to make a habit of having my camera with me when I leave the house, though I have not been using as much as I should. I feel very awkward taking picture in public around people I don’t know, and I’m determined to break out of my comfort zone, and stop giving a shit. So when I left the house today, after cleaning 6-inches of snow off my car, I pulled my camera out of my backpack because I planned to stop a few times on my drive to the gym to make a few photos.

The pictures are not very good, but it really did look spectacular.

Here’s a few of the pictures.

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Everything is white.

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Trees coated in snow.

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Terrible composition of a majestic tree covered in snow.

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iPhone photo: The snow had melted by the time I returned home.

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Also an iPhone photo: The puddles and reflections on my street are pretty rad.

Drawing inspiration

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I don’t have cable, so when I’m home and want to chill out by watching television, I spend a lot of time watching YouTube. Lately, though I haven’t always acted on it, I’ve drawn a lot of creative inspiration from the platform. I subscribe to a ton of photographers and filmmakers, not only because I find them educational, but I find them inspiring.

A few of the photographers I subscribe to have recently done videos about night photography. Night photos are already my favorite, even though they are really hard to make.

After watching those videos, I was inspired to give it a try myself. I drove a few miles down the road to the overpass over 295 on Brighton Ave. to see if I could get some shots during evening commute.

It went OK. It was a good learning experience and on the drive home, I got a few more ideas for different night photo sessions, so all in all, it was a win.

Here are a few of the shots. (Oh, and here are a few links to videos that inspired me. HERE and HERE.)

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A weekend of stuff

42. Feb. 11, 2018

365 photo project, Day 41: This rain storm (and this project) run on Dunkin.

I haven’t posted for a few days and, honestly, I’ve struggled a little bit with creativity. Blame it on work, blame it on insomnia (insomnia just plain sucks), blame it on prioritizing running over creativity, blame it on my just being lazy. I just haven’t been into that much.

But I did create, at least a little something every day. Here’s what I have.

40. Feb. 9, 2018

365 photo project, Day 38.

Track swim

Friday night at work.

41. Feb. 10, 2018

365 photo project, Day 40.

bat safety

Sunday night at work.

I really need to make creating more of a priority. I enjoy it when I do it and I want to step out of my comfort zone (street photography and video, primarily). Now is as good as time as any to start, right?