The pigeons are everywhere. A brisk walk through a kit of them on burst mode with a 1/1000 shutter speed can yield great results. Yes, a gaggle of (flying) pigeons is called a kit.
What can I say about morning people? You either are one, or you ain’t. I am one of these morning people. For me, it is a sacred time of the day where you are allowed to be a little bit selfish and focus on the things that you want to get done. My first 60 minutes are generally the same every day and I think that there is some merit to “automating” your mornings. This allows you to save your decision making power for later in the day. Ideally, my first 60 minutes are as follows:
- Put cold water on my face and brush my teeth (not a fan of morning mouth)
- Drink as much water as possible
- Begin to warm up by doing stretches etc.
- Work out using resistance bands and a yoga mat
- Head out for a run for about 20-30 min
- Cool down (by now the 60min is usually up)
- Breakfast (eggs, lentils and spinach) while reading something
- Plan my calendar for tasks and upcoming posts etc.
- Out the door to the day job.
So this was going flawlessly for the past couple of months. Apart from the odd off day (only human) I generally stuck to this schedule for every weekday. But recently (probably due to the schedule) I managed to tear my hamstring. All of a sudden running became difficult and it wasn’t long before the wheels came off my little productivity wagon. So I needed a new morning ritual. Photography (as always) was the answer.
The next morning I got up early and the light was fantastic so I headed out, with camera in hand to see who I would meet and what scenery I could find. During the morning there is a calmness that fades throughout the day as the sun rises higher in the sky. It has always been my favourite time of day to shoot.
3 out of 4 mornings this week have been spent out walking from 6am until around 8am in order to catch the perfect light. This allows me to take enough time to focus in on areas of interest without being late for work! It takes some time to engage your “seeing eye” in the morning but like most things – practice makes perfect. So along with my analogue series, I am working on a “morning people” series. This aims to showcase some of the people I have met and the sights I have seen before most people have left the house in the morning.
My challenge to you, the readers is to get up early one day next week and get out to take a photo. Set your alarm 1 hour earlier than normal, grab your camera put your shoes on and hit the streets. I guarantee that you will have a smile on your face for the rest of the day! Post any images you get on the facebook page or tweet it out to me @benkepka. I always answer any questions I can and would love the opportunity to connect with you. Thank you so much for taking the time to read this. Have a nice day!
Ben Kepka – The Cultured Kiwi
The dreaded morning commute. No one ever looks skyward. I met this guy on the walk home. He explained how he had collected these shoes from miles around to build his shoe tree. He was happy to get photographed provided I parted with some spare change.
New Zealand travel photographer based in London, UK. He was taking photos from a very young age in the backcountry of New Zealand before moving abroad. Since doing so he has taken workshops and tried to help get as many people into this art as possible. Featured in NZ Herald, Stuff.co.nz and many photography publications it’s safe to say he loves his photography!