Winter Blues and Photography Struggles [Street]

It gets cold outside this time of year.  It's not just the cold either, it's the precipitation, and the lack of subject matter.  Everything is grey, everyone's wrapped up and they don't really want to be bothered.

The worst part is that because of these conditions I haven't been shooting much.  It's very difficult to organize photo walks, outdoor shoots or even studio sessions due to weather conditions.  I certainly don't want to be putting anyone at risk because I want my shot.  It's not worth it.

I haven't been shooting as much as I'd like but I have been combating the winter blues by getting more involved in Karate.  It's a great way for me to unwind after a crappy day at work and feel good about myself.  With each lesson I'm learning more and getting great exercise.  The strange part is that since I started going I've put on 10 or 12 pounds, but I've no idea where it went.  I don't think my body shape has changed at all.  I'm certainly not fatter, because all my pants still fit me great.

Anyway, what I have shot in the last few weeks is a bit of iPhone street photography, found at  I also organized a photowalk last Sunday to get out and shake off the rust.  I wanted to give my new Sigma 50mm a test drive on the streets too.

I was even brave enough to ask for a portrait of Josh here, who was out having a smoke while his dog Sriracha (like the hot sauce) was getting some fresh air.

Though it was bitter cold, I managed to get some good shots, and my partner in crime, Chris Parent toughed the cold and got some really good stuff. Walking up near the library we came upon Jesse, who was feeding pigeons out of his hands.

We took a quick break at MacDonalds to warm up for a bit, and I managed to snap a quick shot of this gentleman with my 50mm.  I'm loving the shape of the bokeh, and the way it's rendered.

On the way back to the car we came across this poor fella hunkered down outside a cafe.  I felt pretty bad for him.  Hopefully his owner was quick inside the cafe and came out immediately after we left.

Overall it was a fairly productive day shooting, with lots of sights despite it being a bitter, frosty Sunday afternoon.  I'm hoping that with the longer days and spring thaw coming up I can get out and practice some more, and continue to improve.  In the meantime I will be shooting more studio stuff, so keep an eye out for that!