Ideas for a Lazy Afternoon
The weather here is expected to be unseasonably warm here today, although not as hot as it will be across much of the country. If you're looking for something to do on a lazy afternoon, here are a few ideas.
Why not sit in the shade and explore your immediate surroundings? It is said that there are great images to be taken no matter where you are. Weather like this can be the perfect time to put that saying to the test. Find somewhere out of the way and get comfortable. As the mood strikes you, investigate your surroundings with your camera, paying careful attention to the little details that would likely go unnoticed under other circumstances. Consider the exercise as an experiment in seeing, or perhaps an experiment in better understanding your camera controls and what effect each one has. Pay attention to how they interact with each other to produce various creative effects.
Or perhaps it's time to organize your images. It's easy to accumulate more image files than you know what to do with. Or at least that's been my experience over the long haul. Even back in the days of film photography, I always had stacks of slide boxes waiting to be properly sorted and cataloged. These days, the same problem still exists, except that my pile of unsorted images fit easily on a hard drive instead of occupying several shelves on a repurposed bookcase. One thing I know for sure though is that the more images I have waiting to be properly gone through, the harder it becomes to do anything with any of them. It can get a tad overwhelming if not kept up with. If you're looking for something you can do while staying home in the air conditioning (if you have it), or at least something that fits a leisurely hot day, why not see if you can make a dent in your backlog of images needing to be cataloged and keyworded.
How long has it been since you cleaned your camera gear, including your camera bag? Shooting outdoors can often lead to some interesting working conditions that make it challenging to keep yourself and your gear clean. It doesn't have to be mud and rain and major gunk either. Dirt can come from just about anywhere, particularly when you're not looking. Dirt that gets on your camera can sooner or later find its way inside your camera when you change lenses if you aren't careful. Each evening, I try to go through things to make sure all my gear is clean and ready to go for the next day, but I admit to not always being as thorough as I should. Periodically spending some time at home to do a deep clean can be time well spent. It's amazing how many places dirt and dust can accumulate. And don't stop at cleaning just your camera and lenses either. Be sure to vacuum out the corners of your camera bag too. And if you're up for it, make sure your camera sensor is clean.
Or if you're looking for something even more low key, you can always point your best window fan so that it blows right on you and relax while reading your camera's manual or while taking an online photography course. A quick search should turn up numerous resources worth pursuing. Heck, if you have the time, there are over seventeen years of weekly articles available here at Earthbound Light to go through.
Or if none of these is quite your cup of (iced) tea and you're thinking of diversions of a different sort, you could always window shop online, imagining all the cool photography gear you would buy if you could afford it. You can only take pictures with what you do have of course, but one can dream.
And remember, many of the best images are to be found at the edges of twilight when the temperature is cooler. But for now, relax, and have a nice afternoon.