— Dane Creek

The Importance of Nap Time

Canon 5D Mark II, 70-200 f/2.8L IS. 70mm, ISO 200, 1/10 @ f/11. Photo courtesy of Vlad Sadovsky, post-processing by David Pitcher.

One thing I learned about photography on my trip to Antarctica last year was how important nap time is. When you are waking up early every day for sunrise, staying up late every night for sunset, and backing up images in-between, there is very little time for sleeping and eating. When the opportunity for a nap presents itself, you need to take it.

This afternoon while we were shooting in the Hoh Rainforest, Vlad and David became quite enthralled with a stream. The stream smelled like rotting salmon, probably because of the rotting salmon on the riverbanks. I took a few photos and gave up. Then I spotted a nice little spot on the opposing hillside, where a tiny bit of sun was shining (the first real sun we’d seen all weekend). I bailed on the stinky river, curled up, and went to sleep.

Have you ever taken a nap while out photographing? Where were you, and was it as refreshing as my nap was?