New Hampshire is gorgeous in the fall people come from all over the country, all over the world, to see the leaves change. This year they came on very slowly, but all at once it seemed like every leaf changed. Usually it’s more drawn out, so the last two days have been spectacular! But…
OK, photography has not been in the cards for the last few days and won’t be again for a few more. And then, I’m like over 1000 photos behind. What I mean is, I have over 1000 photos on my camera that I have not gone through. The are from the last half of the summer and the beginning of autumn. So do I even need to take more pictures?
So there is my question: Does it matter one bit if I take any photos or not?
I am enjoying the colors, so do I need pictures of the colors? I have hundreds, no, thousands of autumn foliage photos that stretch back years, decades even. Do I need anymore? I mean I never look at 99% of them, I took them, didn’t delete them but never used them. Do I need more to take up space on my hard drive?
I guess I can ask the same things about any photo with the possible exception of memento type pictures: you, family and friends.I’ve taken hundreds of pictures of osprey, some which are pretty good, but none that will ever make the cover of National Geographic. Same thing with the dozens of bald eagle pictures.
Of course there are other considerations with animal shots. Having the camera makes me stay aware of them. Also, I can zoom in much closer, see them much better, than with the naked eye. So for me, that’s what animal photos are about, going out and seeing it and experiencing it.
But fall foliage? I’m experiencing it well enough without a lens. The trees are beautiful! Do I need a camera to tell me that?
Anyway, just a little bit of photo-philosophy to make me feel better about not being able to take any pictures. ;)
So what do you think?
Note – The top photo was from my phone today. The other two fall pictures at the top are from last year (the hillside is the woods I always talk about running up and down with my dogs). The Osprey chick was from this summer. The last fall picture is from 2014 (phone photo).