Winter Work Is Easy Work

February 01, 2015

I guess a lot of us are complaining about the cold right now. I know that I do, and I used to complain about it a lot more until I realized how much I could get done when I don't want to go outside. As I sit by the comfort of and warmth of a fire and work on remodeling my website, I'm happy to do so since it's about 15 degrees out there right now. I'm reminded of a cold and snowy night in January a couple of years ago, when I actually had an assignment in the middle of the night, to photograph the Paley sculpture at The Clay Center in the snow. It was actually a lot of fun since it was so out of the ordinary for me.

Here's a shot from Capitol Street after I finished and went driving around in the fresh snow.


For the past few years, I've been on a work late, sleep late, (7:30am) kind of routine. My wife Lynn regularly gets up at 4:30-5:00 am. Ugh...not for me on a regular basis. But, this night I got up at 4:30 am the morning, and went out into the 21 degrees cold to get the shot. I must say it was really refreshing in a number of ways. First it was great to be out in the cold like that...made me feel alive! Second, it's so peaceful when no one else is up, and all is still.  And, I got some great shots of my subject. 

Now I really don't want to make a habit of arising at 4:30 to go out into the cold to shoot, but sitting by the fire and doing technical and rather boring work is made so much easier by the fact that it's 15 degrees outside. And, I know that I'm getting something done that needs to be done, even though I don't really want to do it. So, working in the winter is really easy for me now. I get things done this time of year that I would loathe doing if the weather were nice and I wanted to be outside. So, stop complaining about the cold get to work!

Peace. Out. SP


Here's one of the Paley sculpture photos from the shoot.


Note: Some folks ask why I don’t allow comments? The simple truth is, that I’m still a working photographer and have a family, am involved in my church and other community activities, and, I love to play golf! I just don’t have the time to deal with it. But, if you see me in person, you can talk my ear off about photography, business, golf, yoga, cars, faith, art, design, or just life! I would love to meet you! Peace, SP


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