Summer's Here!!

For many of us, thinking about summer goes along with thinking about vacations, about traveling. Maybe this comes from when we were kids and waited the whole year for the long family road trips to see grandpas. At least I know that's where my summer addiction comes from.

However, now my addiction also gathers its strength from somewhere else: beautiful, golden light; rich colors and contrast everywhere; harsh light; no rain for weeks in a row. In other words, summer time equals photo time.

 Canon AE-1, Fuji Pro 400H

Canon AE-1, Fuji Pro 400H

I have nothing against winter (actually, I do hate winter a little bit). I even kinda like the mood you get from those short, humid, gray days. But summertime... my oh my!

There are several things about summer that, at least for me, turn on the inspiration for making photos. For starters, there's the raw material we've come to love: light. In a variety of flavors and textures and always available.

 Canon AE-1, Fuji Pro 400H

Canon AE-1, Fuji Pro 400H

 Canon AE-1, Fuji Pro 400H

Canon AE-1, Fuji Pro 400H

If you're not a fan of trips, there's always the possibility of getting to know a bit more of your home town. Take a walk downtown just for the sake of it and get in your camera whatever it is that catches this great light.

 Pentax Spotmatic, Kodak TX

Pentax Spotmatic, Kodak TX

 Pentax Spotmatic, Arista EDU Ultra 400

Pentax Spotmatic, Arista EDU Ultra 400

 Mamiya C330, Fuji Pro 400H

Mamiya C330, Fuji Pro 400H

Winter cold tends to lock us up in the warmth of our homes whilst the nice, warm weather is an invitation to see and enjoy the world around us. There are subjects for every taste: the nature is more radiant, there are more people in the streets, the light itself becomes a subject. For B&W lovers, there's the harsh contrast between bright lights and deep shadows. Color fans couldn't get bluer skies, more colorful flowers and even more colorful people.

 Pentax Spotmatic, Kodak Pro Image 100

Pentax Spotmatic, Kodak Pro Image 100

 Pentax Spotmatic, Kodak Pro Image 100

Pentax Spotmatic, Kodak Pro Image 100

 Pentax Spotmatic, Ilford FP4

Pentax Spotmatic, Ilford FP4

 Pentax Spotmatic, Kodak Pro Image 100

Pentax Spotmatic, Kodak Pro Image 100

Then, there's the beach. The awesome, fun, gorgeous beach (along with the damn sand). Those wonderful sunrises and sunsets and the oportunity to chill with the camera in one hand and a beer in the other.

 Pentax Spotmatic, Kodak TX

Pentax Spotmatic, Kodak TX

 Canon AE-1, Fuji Pro 400HCanon AE-1, Fuji Pro 400H

Canon AE-1, Fuji Pro 400HCanon AE-1, Fuji Pro 400H

 Canon AE-1, Fuji Superia 400 Redscaled

Canon AE-1, Fuji Superia 400 Redscaled

 Canon AE-1, Fuji Pro 400HCanon AE-1, Fuji Pro 400H

Canon AE-1, Fuji Pro 400HCanon AE-1, Fuji Pro 400H

 Pentax Spotmatic, Kodak TX

Pentax Spotmatic, Kodak TX

 Canon AE-1, Fuji Pro 400H

Canon AE-1, Fuji Pro 400H

I've gotten into the habit of taking some time out of my vacations to know the not so turistic side of the places we visit. When I see an opportunity while being with my family, I try to not interfere. After all, we're all together on vacation. If I can come back later to a nice photo opportunity I do, if not, it doesn't matter. Family trumps photo every time. Even better: there's always a photo opportunity within a family on vacations.

 Canon AE-1, Fuji Pro 400H

Canon AE-1, Fuji Pro 400H

 Walgreens waterproof disposable camera

Walgreens waterproof disposable camera

 Walgreens waterproof disposable camera

Walgreens waterproof disposable camera

When I can take one morning or an afternoon for my photographic shenanigans, I try to get a glimpse of the local life. How/where they live, what they do in their everyday and how they treat visitors often shows up in the images. I for one, consider myself very lucky whenever I come home with a good picture in which I can portray the essence of these customs, of these people who make a space for us visitors interfering with their peaceful lives.

 Canon AE-1, Fuji ProPlus 200

Canon AE-1, Fuji ProPlus 200

 Canon AE-1, Kodak Proimage 100

Canon AE-1, Kodak Proimage 100

 Pentax Spotmatic, Ilford HP5 + 400

Pentax Spotmatic, Ilford HP5 + 400

 Pentax Spotmatic, Ilford Delta 100

Pentax Spotmatic, Ilford Delta 100

 Pentax Spotmatic, Ilford Delta 100

Pentax Spotmatic, Ilford Delta 100

 Pentax Spotmatic, Kodak TX

Pentax Spotmatic, Kodak TX

 Pentax Spotmatic, Kodak TX

Pentax Spotmatic, Kodak TX

 Pentax Spotmatic, Kodak TX

Pentax Spotmatic, Kodak TX

For sure I love making photos. I love that I'm blessed with the chance to know new places every now and then. But, most of all, I love that I still have the ability to enjoy these moments. To this regard, I'd like to close with a quote from the movie "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty":

Walter Mitty - When are you going to take it?
Sean O'Connell - Sometimes I don't. If I like a moment, for me, personally, I don't like to have the distraction of the camera. I just want to stay in it.
Walter Mitty - Stay in it?
Sean O'Connell - Yeah. Right there. Right here.

It's something that hit me in the face when I heard it. What's the point in making a memory of something we don't actually remember?

Avid film shooter, Efrain Bojorquez, based in Mexico, is passionate about his family, photography, and baseball. Connect with him on , ,