Musings of a Night Person

I am a “Night Person”. There, I have admitted to it.

At birth (or perhaps before) that great Timekeeper messed with my Body Clock. My mornings are everyone else’s evenings. Although I do get up (sometimes very early) it is not because I want to, but because of work I had (have) to. Also, there are times that this is the only moment to do a particular thing. To photograph the dawn in a fog, the mushroom in the morning dew, the deer at the back deck and many other things must be done at dawn or early morning. Also it seems to be the social norm (everyone else does it). My Bride is a Morning Person. Up, chipper and cheerful at the crack of dawn, ready and eager for something new and for whatever the day may hold. It is a wonder we have been able to tolerate each other for so many years.

I on other hand can function: breathe, stand, walk, read, write, chop wood, shovel snow and countless other chores one does in the morning. However I do them on auto-pilot. I know how to do these things. I prepare myself and muscle memory takes over. An Automaton until well after the mid-day meal I respond only to the pre-programmed items in my brain. There a lot of things I can do, but to be quite honest little of it is done with any zeal or with a fully conscious mind until well after 15:00 hrs.

It is only then that I begin the waking process. The Automaton Mode begins shut down and I begin the process and become more aware and awake. That is the time I can start doing things I want to be doing and doing them the way I want to do them. The few drams of creative juices I have start flowing, I get ideas for projects (photography, writing) or I start/continue/finish some existing project.

At that time the rest of the world (including the above mentioned Bride) seems to be shutting down closing their shutters and attempting to make it back to the cocoon of the home and bed.

From now until about dawn I am wanting (perhaps needing is a better word) to be doing, well something. All those things done in Automaton Mode I could be doing now and with gusto! With rest of the world around me going to bed I do not feel it is appropriate of me to start up the chain saw, lawn mower or even the sander to sharpen the kitchen knives and axes, or to shovel the stairs/driveway of snow, or even crank up my favourite album or music DVD. Too dark to do photography unless you are working in a darkroom.

We “Night People” (I am hoping there is another one out there!) are restricted in what we can do by the “9 to 5” society we live in. Our only options seem to be to either take up a job were ‘work’ is done at night or to move out of the tight urban environment and into a derelict factory or the countryside. There, at least, our neighbours who are trying to sleep are far enough away not be disturbed by us doing our chores at night.

Often I have wondered about “Why?” there are folks like me. No real answers come to mind. Perhaps it is just in the genes. I suppose back in the day there needed to be a few of the population who were required to guard the cave. Protecting the more vulnerable and the food stores would have been important to the survival of the ‘tribe’.

The best I can not to allow it to bother me. After all I have made it this far managing and coping with being a Night Person, I suppose I can make it another hundred and sixty years.  😉

Building on one of my comments, “I miss my darkroom” (Blogging 101)

Well here i am with a previous assignment (write a post that builds on one of the comments you left). As you can see I am behind in my assignments.

Hmmm,  I have made a few comments, and I suppose there are a few I could expand on but this is the one I’ve chosen.

I did reply to http://exploratorius.us/2015/01/12/42287/ saying “I miss my darkroom”.

What I do miss is the process and physical activity of creating of an image in a darkroom. The negative and the original image were in my mind but I had an idea to depict that image in my own way. No digital imaging package will ever replace the futzing around with enlarger lenses, aperture, exposure and filtering. I also enjoyed the thought process involved around each image, what paper I should use, dodging/burning and other effects required to get the result I wanted. It would be unique, mine, all mine!

There was a great satisfaction at seeing the final print when (if) I got it all right. Yes there were days when I came out with several prints. But after careful examination, or just living with them on a wall for a bit, I’d have to go back and edit or possibly start from scratch.

Another reason I miss the darkroom is that I feel coerced into going digital. I do like the idea of digital. Clean and immense possibilities. There are many advantages and I am prepared to admit that.

No-one within 100 km (60 miles) of my home that develops film any more. A few places still sell film but they all send their rolls to third parties for processing.

I am thinking that at least I can do do my negs on my own. (If I screw that up I am right to here to chew myself out for the mistake!) The only things I need are a new thermometer and whatever chemicals I decide on. (I am used to D-76 or Rodinal, but am not sure what is around anymore. Perhaps I may try C-41 for colour too! Some research is in order.)

The bulk of my equipment has been long since sold off although I still have a box
of tanks, bulk loaders and other paraphernalia that no one wanted. I was thinking
that I should get them to the Salvation Army or Goodwill…

Then again if I start to process my negatives again I’m gonna need those items.

For my dream reader – (Blogging 101 assignment)

The morning was crisp and sunny as I sat beside the patio doors. My wife and I
were enjoying our morning coffee. The radio plays in the background. We
are reading the news, chatting and enjoying the view. We are very lucky to have
no neighbours directly behind us. Just green space. Only half paying attention I
glanced outside.
The dusting of snow from last night lay across the ground like a freshly
laundered and pressed sheet. Up the slope the leafless trees were a sharp
contrast. Suddenly I noticed it in the trees. It is that elusive thing I keep my
eyes out for every winter. The effects of ice on trees or structures has
always fascinated me. Rarely however do I have a camera anywhere close (or am in
a position to use one). I gulped a bit of coffee and made my way up to the office
to grab my camera and came back down to get a shot of that ice veil before the
sun turned it to water vapour.
As I slid open the door I realized how cold it was (-20 something C.). Cool
enough to… (well you can imagine). Of course the screen door was frozen shut
and did not want to move but I didn’t want it interfering with my photo. After a
few moments of persuasion it saw reason and cooperated by sliding aside.

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Another swig of coffee to warm me up I realized I could have got a better shot from the office window! I made my way back up to remove the window and screen and snap a few quick shots.

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The old Point-and-Shoot does not give me the creative control I would like. Also I’ve just rebuilt my computer and have not yet installed The Gimp so there are no effects other than crop and resize.

There are times I drive for hours to a scenic place to take photos. This one was right here.

 

 

Something I learned a long time back:
Keep your eyes open and be aware of your surroundings. One never knows where
that next interesting photo will come from.

Today’s Task

Well here I am. Back after some time and hoping now to make this a more permanent visit as I have not the motivation to come to blog.

It has been a while since I’ve written and I am now taking this “Blogging 101” to attempt at making the blogs I want to write instead of just using WP as a soapbox to vent (although it works fine for that too). As part of this I have also changed up my Theme to make a better reading environment.

Part of Blogging 101’s first assignment is to “Introduce Yourself”…

To begin with I am a retired guy who enjoys photography, hiking, music, computing and writing (when  I don’t have writers’ block).  I have worked in construction, engineering, sales, computing and photography (briefly).  Also, I am Canadian.

Another part of Blogging 101’s first assignment asks “Why are you blogging publicly, rather than keeping a personal journal?”  Great question !!

Perhaps it is because I have learned a lot over the years and I am hoping someone might benefit from a comment or post.  If that is so then I have accomplished that little bit more.