Pet Hates

26th January 2015
Pet Hates. I have a few. Strangely, we don't seem to talk about Pet Loves. That's either the 'mans best friend' type love, or something else complete different. Don't Google it on the internet is all I'm saying.

So pet hates and photography. I decided after a frustrating trip to a neighboring Yorkshire city to photograph water features there are a few things that niggle me.

After yesterday lets start with:

1) buildings covered in white plastic sheeting when you want to photograph them. There really can't be anything more distracting and hideous, architecturally, as the side of a lovely old building draped in a plastic sheet.

Then we have:

2) Ducks - natures own surface torpedoes whose only role is to ruin those perfect mirror like reflections.

3) Footprints - in snow (or sand) mainly. Carefully creeping around the side of a perfect snow scene to find a lone cow or size 10 boot has stomped across there first. Or some hiker has thoughtfully decided to test the weight bearing capacity of the frozen puddle which just happens to have the areas most interesting ice patterns. The same applies with sand although its generally warmer and has less cows (and ice).

4) The 'standing in your shot' photographer. I was once photographing the Another Place installation of 100 life size cast iron figures on Crosby beach. All by myself at sunset. Perfect. Expect for the one other photographer who turned up late to stand between me and the one figure I was already photographing so he could take the same photo. There was literally 99 other figures to choose from. I was speechless.

5) Weather forecasts - or more properly, wrong weather forecast. Nothing more frustrating that going to bed with a great forecast (I think she said that was her name), waking up in the dark at 4am when you can't see the likely weather, driving 2 hours only to find the forecast has miraculously changed for the worse during the previous 5 hour sleep. Great.

6) That stupid band of cloud that always hugs the horizon to stop any chance of a decent sunset.

7) Why do some cycles insist on wearing cycle gear so dark that even a trained ninja would say 'who know what, I just don't need to be that hard to see'. God forbid wearing anything as uncool as a reflective jacket. What's wrong with cycle lights. Do we look at a forecast and see fog or rain or maybe the trip will end after dark and think 'I'd better save weight and leave my lights at home.' What's all that about.

I'm sure I can think of more.