Many people think we merely snap some photos once or twice a week, and that it. In reality, that is the fun part. However for each hour of shooting, we spend another 2 or 3 hours with backend work, be it paperwork, or sorting, culling, backing up, organizing, colour correcting, cropping, retouching, printing, and on and on. So a 12 hour might mean 48 hours of work, from start to finish. It's the bulk of our time.
But every little while, those tedious tasks fade into memory, when looking at the back of your camera, you feel a mix of amazement and disbelief. Those 70 hour weeks seem a small price to pay to be able to capture such beautiful scenes....as your career. I had this moment this past week while at a shoot on the shores of Lake Simcoe, when I looked at my trusty ol' Nikon to see this: