Arrived at Seatac airport at 8:45 this morning. Overcast and 38 degrees. While I was gone someone turned down the thermostat. Luckily, the sun did make a watery, wavering appearance later in the day and it warmed up to a balmy 42 degrees. A far cry from the bliss in the sun we all experienced over the long weekend in Tucson.
As I was driving from Tucson to Phoenix last night, I had a huge epiphany about the photography thing. Not only had I enjoyed the sun for its warmth, but I had truly revelled in the ability to capture it in my photographs. I love playing with light and shadow and it will be months until the sunlight is direct enough here in the Northwest to throw a shadow with as strong of a contrast as Tucson this past weekend. I consoled myself with the thought of turning to color and pattern and the activity that comes with spring for my future subjects.
I haven't taken a picture in a couple of days now and will struggle to find the time before the weekend as I pitch myself headlong into work as I did today. I have posted a picture from our trip downtown Tucson on Saturday afternoon. It's an interesting picture and as I sit looking at it now, I realize how I could have made it better by not centering the first little doorway in my lens. If I had stood a bit to the left, I would have a more asymmetrical picture and we would have been able to see further inside the second little door in the distance. That's what happens when you don't have/take the time to look past the obvious shot. It also would have removed the center iron pole that detracts from seeing the interior court as a tranquil sunny spot on a warm Saturday afternoon. A pure moment gone uncaptured, but a lesson learned.