End of the photography season?

In a way I feel like the photography season is now officially over as the season turned to autumn. The days are getting so short and the weather is poor. It has been raining now for many days and even the slightest sunshine seems like a past dream.

On the other hand, I’m really looking forward to some much needed changes in the photographing conditions. I’m happy that I shot so much during the summer, but to be honest, perfect sunny-16 days are somewhat boring as far as lighting goes. Sure, now that I look at some of my summer shots, I already miss the warmth and the sunshine, but solely in terms of photography, I started to get a bit bored that already. Autumn and especially winter can be very picturesque and I can’t wait to capture them on film too.

Ah summer, seems like a far away dream now in the middle of october. No more summer dresses or ice cream cones. Little did I know that I’d miss ordinary days like these in just few months. When I took this photo, I thought it was the most boring image in the world, but now it is a quintessential epiphany of summer to me and holds much great memories.

I’m probably not going to be doing people oriented street photography as such during the fall. I’ve done that the entire spring and summer and now I want to focus on something else too. Right now I’m envisioning film noir street scenes with wet cobble stones lit by lamp posts… maybe some umbrellas and wet maple leaves on the ground. Very contrasty and dark. Sounds rather nice.

I’m afraid sounding like a total pussy if I say that the weather is bad. In a way, I don’t believe in bad weather. I believe more in bad lighting. The most boring lighting is, as you know, a perfect sunlight right in the middle of the day when the sun comes straight down from the sky. Any variation to that will make a better and more interesting lighting. For example sunlight during the morning or towards the evening, when it comes from a different angle, will look hundred times more interesting on photos. My favourite lighting is a slight overcast, that gives a bright but diffused light. It doesn’t create hard shadows, but a smooth and creamy atmosphere. Heavy overcast tends to look just flat and it’s usually very challenging, but if everything else falls into place, like composition and subject matter, very flat light might still look very nice. In that respect, autumn will have a lot to give.

When the days get dark and rainy, maybe I’ll shoot something like this instead? This is a still from a 1949 movie The third man. Not my photo obviously. I love the image and event though the conditions are clearly bad, they make up a great photo.

Rain and fog are usually associated with bad weather, but they are great photographic opportunities to create moody images. For photographing people on the streets it might be bad, because there will be less of them. I’ve been doing that a lot anyways so I’m not too worried about it and certainly will not use the weather or the season as an excuse not to shoot. I’ll just adapt to the conditions and try to see them as opportunities. If there’s less people on the streets, then just shoot less people on the streets and more of what’s actually around instead.

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