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I try to get out most mornings, by 7am I am on my way and by 10am I am back home again. I pack my knapsack camera bag with camera, 3 lenses an assortment of odds and ends plus tripod and trusty folding stool.
With this amount of kit on my back I know that even if I never remove a lens cap I am doing myself good, like weight training.
There are three types you meet in the morning, and because it is morning they greet each other cheerily, the photographer, the dog walker, and the Lycra clad runner. We are all out there doing ourselves good.
The runners are harmless, I think they are a little embarrassed that they have no other purpose except doing themselves good. Like guilty hedonists they rush by as if too ashamed to stop for a chat and to pass the time of day in a dignified neighborly way.
No such problem with the dog walkers, they are civilized people even if their pets are not. Never afraid to pass a word or two, they are practical, down to earth, poop scooping, salt of the earth folk. You can learn a lot from dog walkers.
Photographers are the slowest moving type, sometimes just standing still or even sitting down. They are slightly other worldly trying to blend, become one with the landscape.
Photographers rely purely on the weight of their kit to build up their fitness, none of this running or even brisk walking. The carthorses of the country park, doing themselves good just by being there.
Skyscape photographer Graham Jeffery, Hinckley UK.