Daylight Savings began last night in America, so we “spring forward” our clocks by one hour. While many of our clocks nowadays automatically adjust, many of the clocks inside our cameras do not. If you haven’t already done so, take a moment right now to change the time on your cameras. If you forget to do this, the time stamp on your EXIF will be off by an hour until you remember to do it, or until Daylight Savings ends in autumn.
I’m not a big fan of Daylight Savings. I think it’s silly that we make-believe that the time is different than it actually is. I remember learning in school that it was for the farmers, but farmers don’t care. They get up when they need to get up, usually well before sunrise, and they go to bed when the work is done, which might be after sunset. What the clock says doesn’t matter much to them. Environmentalists will claim that it reduces energy consumption, but that’s debatable, and only by a negligible amount if true. What’s the real reason for Daylight Savings? Vacationers spend more money during that extra hour of daylight in the afternoon. It’s good for tourism, and in turn it’s good for taxes. It’s a ploy to get you to spend more of your money when on holiday. Daylight Savings used to be in the summer only, but as more people vacationed during the spring and fall, the dates got pushed further and further out. Now only the winter is immune, and there have been proposals to make Daylight Savings year-round. It’s really crazy!
I’m a bit off today. While it seems like one hour isn’t a big deal, whenever the clocks change in the spring and fall, but especially in the spring, it screws me up for a few days. How about you? Does the time change effect your day? I’ve heard that heart attacks, strokes and car accidents increase in the days that follow the Daylight Savings time adjustment. If you make it through today unscathed, and you remember to change the time on your cameras, then it’s a good day. At least I hope it is. Take care!