Or “I think I’ve been wrong…Part Two“.
Remember when you were happiest photographically?
Then I bet you went and ruined it.
For me it was the D700.
Man…when I look back at those images, I wonder what I was EVER thinking selling that camera. Sure, maybe it was the particular time in my life that makes me smile…but I’ll bet someone probably convinced me that 12 lowly megapixels wasn’t enough. (Now I’m shooting tiny little 6MP images on film; but more on that later…)
Anyway, the “restless years” followed (don’t even get me started…) and here I am.
Yes, there has been happiness along the way, but I’ve gone and ruined that too.
There was the X100, the Monochrom…(oh WHY oh why did I sell it??)
In any case, it seems as though there is a recent epidemic of these “Don’t listen to the hype and just go and shoot” posts out there. At least in the circles I currently run.
Maybe we’re all just coming of age?
Don’t get me wrong: I don’t think there is anything wrong with innovation and experimentation. It got us (me) where we (I) are today…
But I probably could have stopped some years ago, and been perfectly content.
Funny…now I’m happiest shooting B&W film in my thirty year old camera. But when I think back to when I first started taking pictures, I would have given anything for the kind of “certainty and predictability” we have available to us now. And many many people are doing a stunning job of making it work for them.
So I say: good for them. They should do just that. Whatever it is, with whatever works for them. No matter what it is.
Me personally….I need to stop reading reviews. Or trying to make my photos look like “so-n-so’s”. I also need to stop leading myself into temptation…browsing sites like Fred Miranda or GetDPI. Instead of wondering how my photos would look “if I only did (had) such-n-such…” I just need to focus on the gratitude…
The gratitude for the photo I have, and for what it represents.
So….The other day I made a “blood pact” with a friend of mine…
I wonder if either of us will keep it?
Happy shooting to you all,