I swear I do this to myself every single year. I spend the summer making a whole lot of photographs outdoors including a few rolls of color film here and there, and then when winter hits I start developing that color film which instantly makes me long for the summer again. I mean it’s hard not to when looking at the absolutely glorious colors that analogue film is capable of capturing.
This image was made in the very early morning hours which as every photographer knows is probably one of the better times to do serious work. Even in the pacific northwest, a place not exactly known for brilliant sunny days, sunlight turns the shade of warm oranges and reds to the point where even the ice cold water has an inviting glow to it. Looking at this image, you would be forgiven for thinking the water was somewhat pleasant to swim in.
Actually, the water wasn’t all that bad really. It wasn’t the kind of temperature where a person would want to swim all day, but it wasn’t so cold that it took your breath away either. In fact, I had my Levi jeans on when I exposed this particular frame and I was crouched down in the water all the way up to my stomach. I suppose I could have taken my pants off before getting in the water and saved myself a very wet car ride home but I didn’t want to lose the moment so I just went for it. Such is the life of a photographer sometimes.