Oftentimes, while tending to mundane household or business-related tasks, I glance out the window and say to myself, "It is way too beautiful a day out today for you to not go out and photograph something!" It's a wonderful sentiment that many shooters have, I'm certain. I wish I could say that it is with regularity that I throw my camera bag into the backseat and make some dust. I usually don't.
With that said, the latest YouTube share and blog post by United Kingdom photographer Thomas Heaton makes me regret every time my fatigue (laziness) or day-to-day obligations became an excuse not to get off of my butt and to make images. Heaton takes on the task of an overnight hiking excursion -- which is a common theme you'll find if you subscribe to his YouTube channel -- with childlike enthusiasm and spontaneity.
The impromptu hike through the hills of the English Lake District near Buttermere is a casual jaunt that shows the seasoned landscape shooter at his most comfortable: meandering through the wild in search of a captivating scene. The advice about hiking, gear, and execution are valuable in this video and throughout Heaton's channel and blog. However, this latest post serves as a reminder of the passion and fulfillment that should come with making photos. Heaton seems to clearly find a meditative place while on his adventures, and he'll leave you wanting the same. Which is a good thing.
When is the last time you went out and got lost?