It has been a strange month for everyone, and for the first time in years I went for a few weeks without even touching my camera. Wanting to do something with my camera, I looked out one evening when it was starting to get dark and saw that there were very few clouds in the sky, so it would be great to take some photos of the stars. Not living in the best place to take photos of the night sky due to light pollution, and but not being able to travel anywhere, I did the best I could. It wasn’t really about the quality of photos, more just something to get the camera out of its bag.
After using my camera again I was trying to think of other things I could take photos of, and one of the things that popped into my head was smoke trails. These are very easy to setup, so would be perfect, but I had something else in mind for this time. For a while now I’ve been wanting to do some more video, even get into doing some instructional videos, and this seemed like the perfect time. It turned out to be a bit more difficult than I had planned as ideally I wanted to have everything all recorded together with minimal editing afterwards, but it ended up being all recorded separately and I had to put it all together in post production and then even record a voice over as I wasn’t actually talking when I was doing the shooting or editing. I wasn’t really planning on releasing the final video, as it was my first time and I was kind of trying things out to see what would work and what wouldn’t, but after it was finished I thought I might as well release it. The video is on YouTube and can be seen here.
Finally for April, I went out on a few walks and on a couple of occasions I took my camera along with me. I made a point of not really stopping anywhere, so sort of stop for a few seconds, grab a photo, then continue on my walk. Some images did come out more like snapshots, but it is a strange time we are in at the minute where I didn’t have the luxury of stopping, finding my composition and taking the exact photo I wanted. I also made sure to go out when a lot less people would be around, and it turned out that when I went out with my camera towards the city centre, I came into contact with less people than when I walked around near where I live, mainly due to the size of the walkways into and around town. When I was out with my camera, it was early morning, like 6-7am and very few people were about.
Hopefully things calm down a bit in the coming months and we can get back to normal somewhat, but I’m still trying to think of things I can do with my camera during this strange time.