Motivation is a photography blog that discusses the creative aspects of photography. The posts will include thoughts about images and their interpretation, photographers and their work, technique, workflow, my ongoing projects, and perhaps even the occasional off topic rant.

The Camera Is With Me

About the same time that I decided it would be a good idea to take some "Photo Walks", I decided that it would also be a good idea to try to take a camera to work with me because you just never know when you might see something interesting on the way there or the way home. I usually treated my photo outings as discreet events not coinciding with anything else, but I am trying to make that change.

At any rate, last Friday I woke to snow coming down and had a camera with me on the way to work. I had a very early off-campus meeting I had to go to and needed to drive to my main workplace after that. By the time I got to the meeting the trees were looking quite white and beautiful (I will admit that snow looks nice, though I dislike the cold, the shoveling, and most other things that go along with it). After the meeting I decided it would be just fine to take five or ten minutes for myself in order to take some hand-held shots of the trees at the edge of the parking lot.

It is nice to have a 'real' camera with you when things start happening. 


Birches In Snow

With it having snowed last weekend, I could not ignore my very public New Year's resolution to get out in the cold and make more photographs this winter than I have in the past.  So out I went.

Birch Trees In Snow

Copyright Howard Grill

I was particularly drawn to the way the tree trees lined up and the way that the snow simplified the photograph and made it all about lines and shapes.