BRENT PENNINGTON Snow blows across the ice at Bullhead Bay in streaks; Lackawanna State Park, following the first real snowfall of the season on 27 December 2012.

It’s almost halfway through January already, and I’ve only taken the cameras out once to shoot some frames while hiking. Still don’t have the “best of” of posts up here like I was supposed to, oh, a week ago. We’re off to a slow start here at TRP in 2013.

Why, you ask? Well, if I had to drill down to the most basic answer, I’d call it a lack of motivation. I just haven’t gotten up, gotten the gear, and gotten out nearly as much as I should have. Too many evenings where I’ve gotten home and done chores – or lounged – instead of heading to the park. Blah – I’m not really happy about it, but I’m the only one who can fix it.

The weather certainly hasn’t helped, and the current thaw/rainshowers are erasing the snow and leaving a mucky brown landscape. And I want to get some new lenses and sell a couple of the ones I have, and as I surf the net and look at the work of other photographers I start to feel inferior and untalented. I need some cheese with my whine.

BRENT PENNINGTON Snow blows across the ice at Bullhead Bay in streaks; Lackawanna State Park, following the first real snowfall of the season on 27 December 2012.

And you know what? This is all just a bunch of excuses. The real problem is that I’ve settled into a pattern of laziness and it’s hard to break free. Laziness is comfortable; it doesn’t tax you. But it’s also completely unfulfilling, and in the back of my head my creative voice is starting to scream for some release.

So a hike Thursday evening and some time with the camera, brushing the dust off. And there was dust. For instance, I hit the WB button every single time I wanted to adjust the ISO. Just couldn’t get it right, but a little practice will fix that.

So here’s the plan:

  • I’m going to finally get the 2012 year-end posts up and wrap that all up
  • I’m going to get my butt out into the field more often and really work on making some images, continuing some projects, and continuing with others
  • I’m going to slow down and work a little more carefully, more thoughtfully, instead of always being on the move
  • I’m going to reach out to a couple of my favorite models – and perhaps a few new ones – and get some portraiture sessions on the books. We’ll have some fun, get some new material, and just enjoy the heck out of it.

It’s a short list, but it’s a starting point. To paraphrase John Wayne, I’m burning daylight. It’s time to hit the trail.

BRENT PENNINGTON Bullhead Bay at Lackawanna State Park, following the first real snowfall of the season on 27 December 2012.

Brent Pennington is a freelance photographer and the driving force behind The Roving Photographer. When he\’s not working with portraiture or promotional clients, he’s usually in the field, hiking, or kayaking in pursuit of nature and wildlife shots.

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