I've been fortunate enough to be out shooting more often than not over the last few months. Most days after I wrap up shooting and get back in the car to drive back to wherever I'm sleeping that night, I find myself singing a little louder to the radio with a goofy grin on my face and feeling a real sense of euphoria. I've recognized this change in mood many times over the years, and I've always assumed it was due to a sense of accomplishment, that I felt good for a job well done, whether it was an assigned project or something I was shooting just for fun. However, I recently realized that I get this way even if I didn't get the shot I was looking for, whether it be my own inability to capture nature's beauty, bad weather or just mediocre scenery.
After (a little) introspection, I've decided I feel good after a shoot simply because I spent a good chunk of time outside, away from the office and my computer. It doesn't matter if I hiked 5 miles to shoot a landscape in nice light like the opening photo in this post, wandered around a hay field for a few hours, or tramped along a power line corridor like I've been doing lately for a conservation project here in New Hampshire. All that fresh air, combined with feeling the sun or rain on my face, and getting some mud on my boots, go a long way towards clearing my head and resetting all those switches in my brain that get gunked up from dealing with the everyday chores of life. So let's all take a minute to be grateful for the fact that we have the outdoor photo bug, and are blessed with the urge to get outside on a regular basis with our cameras and enjoy the big and little wonders that are all around us in nature.