Climates, Countries and Customs of a Fair-Weather Photographer

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Cyprus Life Guard Station – February 2007

It was an amazing day here yesterday. For the first time in months, it felt like spring and summer might actually reappear within our lifetime. The birds were back twittering (or do they tweet now too?), the snow was giving way to grass (remember grass?) and the chill was out of the air.

Not to be too much of a pessimist, but this was just temporary. It’s going to rain like crazy today and then get too cold again for March. But, hey, yesterday showed that spring is not totally off the agenda for this year. I’m holding my hopes up.

What does this have to do with photography, one asks. Everything. With spring comes color, life and temperatures that make holding a metal object not the excruciating ordeal it has been for many weeks now.

I’ve admitted it here before, I’m a fair-weather photographer. Too cold, and my gear and I stay in.

That’s why I sometimes miss living in Cyprus, where we spent three years from 2006 to 2009. It got ridiculously hot in the summer, but you could basically shoot year-round on that Mediterranean island without freezing off any body parts. I looked for some samples of ‘winter’ shots the other day. [Read more…]