As much as I've been shooting black and white analog stuff this year (of which I've developed some but not yet scanned them) it's hard to deny that outside the window the colors are pretty much as vibrant as they're going to be...until the fall colors descend upon us in a few months' time.
Therefore (and to get a bit of fresh air) I went to the nature reserve called Risen outside Lund, Sweden, digital camera in hand (and strap) and father in tow. While I don't live very far away from this place it's a part of this province I hadn't been to before, so that was a good way to get the photographic nerve endings to start firing - something new, something previously unseen is always exciting.
It is interesting how shooting a load of analog photography lately has impacted my digital photography. When shooting film you have to be selective or it will very soon be VERY expensive to shoot like a machine gun operator! I found that in a way I still thought that way when I strolled through the woods with my DSLR. I didn't shoot anywhere near as many photos as I probably would have done in the past. So that certainly saves me time in post-production if I don't have plenty-seven images to go through and edit! Always a plus!
What I enjoyed about this short hike (other than all the colors on display) was being able to hear all the sounds of nature around us without any sort of man-made interference. It was possible to hear the frogs and toads bellowing out their mating calls from the ponds and bogs, to hear the cuckoo calling, the larks singing from the tree tops and seeing the red kites circling above us, scanning the ground below for rodents and other small morsels. For someone who is most often out and about shooting street photography it certainly doesn't hurt to get out there and enjoy these things too, at least from time to time!