About a week ago it was daylight saving time here in the U.S., which means that clocks were pushed forward by one hour. I’d been looking forward to this for some time, because the additional hour of daylight in the evenings means that there now is enough time to do whatever it is I may be doing during the day, and still have enough light for some photography in the evening.
For example, this past weekend I spent the day both Saturday and Sunday skiing, but after the ski day was over there still was enough daylight to do some exploring and photographing in the snowy mountains near the ski area. As the days get even longer, I’m looking forward to getting out in the evenings after my day job to photograph in and along the Front Range near my home here in Fort Collins, Colorado. By June and July, there will be enough light for me to make the hour or so drive up to Rocky Mountain National Park and still have an hour or two to explore and photograph before it gets dark.
It’s fun for me to get out with my camera, but there’s a bigger point at issue here. It’s the idea of working photography into my daily routine. As I’ve mentioned before, I have a full-time day job as well as all of the chores and responsibilities of daily living. Often, at the end of the day, I’m tired and it would be easy just to wind things down and call it quits.
But I think photography is kind of a “do it or lose it” discipline. Staying engaged with it on a daily basis – be it making captures in the field, editing captured work, or simply reading and learning new things – is necessary to keep developing one’s art and craft. I think it’s important, therefore, to find ways to work it into the daily routine. Fortunately, for me anyway, it’s not hard to do because the desire is there. It’s simply a matter of making it a priority and following through with it.