11 April, 2015

I haven't got that kind of time.

Zeiss Loxia 50mm - Eumundi Markets, Eumundi Queensland [click to enlarge]

I see discussions about exercises that are intended to focus a photographer's attention, to bring some direction to his or her endeavours. For some it's to force themselves to slow down by moving to film, or to limit themselves to black & white in order to think in black & white, or by doing "one-camera-one-lens-one-year" (OCOLOY).

It's not for me to tell anyone else how to do their photography. But, I'm an old guy and I'm still learning. I haven't got that kind of time.

If opportunities for colour, or black & white, or wide angle, or telephoto arise, I want to exploit them. I'm not going to make paperweights out of a subset of my lenses. Slow down? I'm way too slow already.

The clock is ticking, so the situation is sobering: I can't learn from what I'm not doing, and opportunities passed are opportunities lost. So my own recipe is simple (but not easy):
  • Less planning, more doing;
  • don't narrow what I see, expand; and
  • if I have tools, use 'em.

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