Anticipation is one of the best pleasures of travelling, so they say. I’ve got a trip coming up soon to visit my family in Europe. 2017 on the Barrier has been one of the best so far. Financially, it has been okay, I had plenty of visitors (almost too much), the weather has been great and it seems that I continue to have enough time. Time to work on this blog, to make photographs, to learn, have adventures and generally go forward. Usually, I come back from such a trip with a lot of motivation and energy. It’s really a result of a great holiday.
How to get yourself excited as a photographer
Getting new gear and using it is always exciting. Obviously there are many articles written about buying too much gear. Stuff like, how gear doesn’t make you a better photographer, and that it can be limiting to your photography. Eric Kim has probably coined the term “gear acquisition syndrome” (GAS), and he certainly makes a point. Nonetheless, I am looking forward to using my newly acquired Pentax FA 50mm 1.4. A small, light, prime lens. This is going to be the only lens I will be using during my holiday. I purchased it through Amazon.de (cheaper than buying in New Zealand) and it is waiting for me at my parents’ home.
I’ll be spending quality time with my parents in Germany and brothers in Zurich and London, respectively. Sitting here and thinking of the places I’ll be visiting and the journeys ahead, I’m already in holiday mode. Easy times, and plenty opportunities to shoot different places. You can’t really do street photography on the Barrier, can you? A couple years ago I made this photo in Münster, Germany at the Send (fair). There’s a lot happing in it, and I achieved much more than planned. Very content with it.
I took the last two photos in Neuenkirchen, less than 5 minutes walking distance to my parents’ home.
I’m obviously also looking forward to photographing my family. I believe this is something every one who enjoys photography should focus more on. Photographs of family and friends are after all the ones we have strongest emotions toward. One day, I want to achieve a great family portrait. Don’t think it will be this year, but hopefully 2018. This is my brother Barry. We went fishing on the 31st December 2016 very early in the morning, long walk, really bad fishing for the first 4 hours, and then we caught massive kingfish. Top memories.
Winter On The Barrier
If financially possible, I go on a holiday to Europe to visit my family and friends. Winter is a great time of the year to leave the Barrier for a holiday. However, I always enjoy coming back to winter on the Barrier. Easy to say, if you avoided a month of it, I know. Nevertheless, I enjoy the short days, makes dawn and dusk photography easier, plus I get to spend more time inside by the fire and working on my projects. One of the many things life on the Barrier has taught me, is to enjoy the season as they are, instead of wishing for endless summers. Then again, you gotta be weird in the head to wish for endless summers.
How to get excited is easy. Plan a trip to visit your family, maybe get new gear for your photography needs and concentrate on getting the best shots of your family as well. I suggest to keep most of your gear at home and only take a point and shoot camera or a dSLR with a light, prime lens.
Best wishes, Ben