A Winter That Refused To Quit And A Fresh Start To 2014

The winter of 2013/2014 was one that reminded those of us in Michigan that Mother Nature still rules the roost. It was cold, the snows were numerous, the winds cut into us like icy blades, and the dark days went on and on.
But amidst that bleak season there were times that I saw this season for the beautiful beast that it was and captured it.

Wading through drifts that were waist deep I trudged on to shoot my favorite barn draped in cold and shedding snow.

Wading through drifts that were waist deep I trudged on to shoot my favorite barn draped in cold and shedding snow.

I learned quickly this winter that thanks to the small sensor in a point and shoot that macro shooting with these small cameras opens up a lot of wild possibilities. The camera I used for this was an Olympus(surprised?;) TOUGH TG-2 which has a wicked "Super Macro Mode" which borders on being a low power microscope.

Single snowflakes are incredible at this level. Countless numbers on my car are not as wonderful.

Single snowflakes are incredible at this level. Countless numbers on my car are not as wonderful.

And during this winter I also found time to explore. It was not easy to get out of the warm comfort of home to drive around through the frozen wastelands or Michigan, but I did. And in doing so found one of the coolest places to shoot. Not only for still life, but also for self portraits as seen below.

My back is almost always to the camera. Why? Because I am always looking forward to the next experience.

My back is almost always to the camera. Why? Because I am always looking forward to the next experience.

The fruits of this winter's discovery have been in use ever since.
Client work on the abandoned train.

Some people are just a natural fit for a location. Case in point.

Some people are just a natural fit for a location. Case in point.

Now I find myself facing better weather, longer days, and an unquenchable desire to shoot everything I see. This year holds so much promise, but then, I felt the same about last year, and the year before. I guess the takeaway is that no matter what, every year can be the year you capture great images, have great experiences, and learn new things. All it takes is the desire to go out and explore, and breathe in the world around you.

Take care.

Jamie