A post I wrote in my old blog, but still found it very relevant despite the lapse of time. What is your take?
A request I received again today has made me wonder – when do you draw the line when it comes to something done voluntarily/out of goodwill?
Yes, granted you have fun doing it & enjoy the satisfaction of achieving its objectives, but will you still continue to do it when you know clearly that you’re just a convenient/cheap/free way for the other party to get what they need?
The perils of knowing someone too well. Double edge sword, double edged indeed.
Knowing when to draw the line & keep your stance is one life skill you should never go without.
Are you locking yourself & your potential in?
In other news, yesterday was the day I really felt someone understands me photographically. Wth you say? Let me quote:
“Within the Frame is a book about finding and expressing your photographic vision, specifically where people, places, and cultures are concerned. A personal book full of real-world wisdom and incredible images, author David duChemin (of pixelatedimage.com) shows you both the how and the why of finding, chasing, and expressing your vision with a camera to your eye. Vision leads to passion, and passion is a cornerstone of great photography. With it, photographs draw the eye in and create an emotional experience. Without it, a photograph is often not worth—and can’t capture—a viewer’s attention.”
My epiphany is the very last line – the few close photographing friends of mine know I’m one shooter that cares little about technicality (I know enough to get me decent photos, not one to pour over hours of MTF data or pixel peep) & instead prizes ‘feel’ as something that I’m always after. For me, the essence of photography is to capture the moment the best you can then. Often we come back from a shoot, kicking ourselves in the head & saying ‘darn, I wish I got a better shot… I wish it was sharper… (the list goes on)’
But most often or not when you think about it, we just basically shot what we could under that circumstance. Yes, there are d’oh days where you forgot to switch your ISO/EV/WB/AF properly, but most of the time you just did what you could then. If you were too busy fixing all of what I mentioned above/changing lenses, likely you would have lost the moment.
I’m thankful that I’ve found glass that suits me best (disclaimer: for what I do) – I do not leave the country without my trusty Nikkor 18-200mm VR – it has to be one of the best, if not the best, all rounded wide-telezoom lens around for travel photography. As a fuss-free person, I like to have one thing that can do most of what I need it to, when it counts. And that is one lens that live up to the challenging expectations of such.
Yes, it’s not as super fast/sharp like the pro lenses are… but it saves me trouble of having to swap lenses & losing moments I’m suppose to be capturing. It comes to a point, a fine fine point called ‘compromise’.
Of course, my other love will be my prime lenses. I’ve got two, but since I got the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 , I’ve virtually never shot with the Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 anymore. Guilty as charged of abandoning the old love =x I’m quite a people & random shooter so Siggy is fantastic for what I need it for.
Fast, quick AF, creeeeeamy bokeh & most of all, natural colour rendition – all of this in extremely low light conditions. Love love love it to bits.
So yes, those are essential the only 2 lenses I shoot with for the moment & they work for me. To each of his/her own, gear is a very personal thing. But to quote David, ‘gear is good, vision is better‘.
Damn straight. Who says your tiny point & shoot/old school film/iPhone/phonecams can’t shoot good photos?
Just make sure you get off your ass to go shoot to begin with :)