It's about -12°C. I've been up since 4 am. The water has frozen in my bag. My sandwich is also a bit crunchy and frozen. I'm climbing up a steep and icy hill only to take a few photos... Why the hell am I even doing this?
The short answer is that I love hiking, I love being in nature and most of all, I love photography and a little cold is not going to stop me! The hill I hiked up to where I shot these photos and videos is a place that I had wanted to visit for ages and I finally had some free time during my break, so I decided to just go for it, even though it was one of the coldest days of the year so far.
I am not a landscape photographer, but I love taking photos while I'm hiking. It is more of a challenge to me than shooting portraits. I've grown very confident by now when it comes to shooting pictures of people, but landscape photography still remains extremely difficult. I struggle to create really good photos of landscapes. But that is why I like it - it challenges me and makes me a better photographer.
I also tried a new experiment on this hike. I created a vlog from the trip to test my new GoPro camera (okay, it's new-to-me, as it's an old GoPro Hero from 2014) and I combined those shots with the ones from my trusty old 5D mark II. I still have a lot to learn about making such videos, but if nothing else, you can have a nice laugh at me freezing my butt off and climbing up a hill. Check it out!
A fun bonus story from the hike that I sadly didn't record on video: I was crossing that little frozen creek, and it is unbelievable how slippery it is! Bad news is, I fell and I dropped my camera on the ice.