A simple approach

I know I’m a lucky guy. In this world where many are left wanting, I have the luxury of living comfortably. I’ve got a shelter over my head and 3 full meals every day. To be honest, I even have 2 Fujifilm camera bodies, 3 Primes and 2 zooms.

With all this excess and a smidgen of self awareness, I’m trying to lead a simpler life. How this translates in my photography is a conscious decision to use only one lens at a time. Each week I restrict myself to only 1 lens and I rotate the choice of lens on a weekly basis.

What this decision means is that my creativity is more focused. I work within the range that I have and I move my body and mind to suit the scene. There are times when I wish I had a different lens. However, almost immediately, I see a scene that fits the lens I have perfectly. The 50 mm prime I love for ability to be a silent observer from afar would result in me being too close to the builders in this shot. So the 35mm prime I have right now gives me the chance to capture this scene the way I want to.

I’ve been shooting like this since I got my Fuji camera last year. But now that I’m enjoying the creative license and freedom that jpg custom settings bring, I wonder if I should extend the same philosophy to jpg settings. Would sticking to one “look” allow me to simply focus on composition and the exposure trifactor? I think it would but what happens when the changeable weather in New Zealand goes from sunny to overcast and the chosen setting becomes too uninspiring?

Watch this space as I give it a shot.

Same spot different shot

This was actually my first post after rediscovering WordPress. But 10 years away showed because the post disappeared. All I had of it was a draft. So here it is again…. a shorter version.

I walk by the same bus service depot on the way to work each morning. The light from the half drawn roller door shines out in the morning darkness, creating a nice contrast, a nice photographer’s contrast.

These photos are taken from around the same spot over a 6 month period. Over that time, I’ve hummed and hawed at whether it should be in black and white or classic chrome or Velvia.

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