Working on “downtime.”

It’s been a few days since I’ve written.

Things have been busy. Between work picking up, school, and my photography, I have not had much in the way of downtime, but I’m not complaining.

With the weather getting nicer, I’ve been getting out to shoot more, and have been really happy with some of the shots I’ve been getting recently. I’m trying to get out at least a couple times a week in the evening, when the animals are moving and the light is nice and soft.

I’m particularly happy with some of the sunset photos I’ve been able to take, such as the one above, which has the silhouette of a coal shovel at our local coal mine.

The photo above is another shovel, one that is on display near the mine in our county. As you can see in the photo, the direct sunlight hitting the shovel above has a lot more orange in it than during the day when the sun is over head. This results in the light being much softer, and much nicer to take photos in. This light is the reason why the hour leading up to sunset is referred to as the “golden hour.”

That said, I haven’t just been shooting in the evening. Honestly, I really haven’t needed much of an excuse to pick up the camera lately. I’ve been working on getting some good shots of the animals as well, such as this one of Taffy.

The photography has been a game changer in my mental health recovery over the last couple years. Even with everything I’ve had going on in my life, I haven’t been feeling overwhelmed. Hell, I would be damn near 100 per cent if it weren’t for my bloody shoulder giving me grief again, but it is what it is. The referral is in to the pain management clinic, and there’s nothing else to do on that front.

Since I’ve been involved with photography I have been more focused, and my mental health has been more stable. I’ve been driven to learn the craft, and it has definitely turned into a passion as well as a hobby.

Still, with all the coals I have in the fire, I do need to make a point to taking some more time for myself. I haven’t even been doing much gaming lately, I’ve been so focused on work and school. That said, I have been reading a bit more, but still, I can not be grinding for 10 hours a day, day after day, without burning out. The fact is, I’m getting tired, mentally and physically. I know I need to make some adjustments to my time management, allowing me to take some down time. Hell, not even “allowing,” more like making me take some downtime.

Burning myself out would not serve Lynn or I any good. What’s a switch is the fact that I’m being proactive about it, not waiting for the crash to make changes. Progress I guess.

Kevin

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