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Passion

Canon 6D, 100mm f/2.8L Macro

Canon 6D, 100mm f/2.8L Macro

We lose ourselves in the things we love. We find ourselves there, too. ~ Kristin Martz

I don’t quite know how to describe it. It’s like an old flame—well it is an old flame, since I encountered photography 30 years ago. However, for the past year it has seared itself to me, especially after having gone full frame with the Canon EOS 6D. Hardly a day goes by when I don’t think of photography. In years past I would have said I am a pianist who takes pictures. Now I’m saying I’m a photographer who plays the piano. But just as I enjoy playing the piano alone, it’s the same with photography. It doesn’t bother me that every time I go out I’m lugging at least 5kg of camera gear. I am ruthless when I review the pictures on my computer. Sometimes I delete the whole batch of them. However, this is few and far between. Most times, there are a couple of gems for every photoshoot I do.

Nature and landscapes are my faves now.  I don’t do people photography as much now because one, it’s hard to find a willing subject, and two, they are usually critical of the results. It’s less a pain in the butt to take pictures of nature and landscapes (have you ever heard a landscape complaining? Me neither)

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Canon 6D, Sigma 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye

Where there is joy, there is creation. ~ Hindu Scripture

Taking a picture is easy. Creating a picture needs more thought—it’s all too easy to bring the viewfinder up to my eye and start clicking. I find that now I am more concerned with the light, exposure, angle of view, white balance, and a lot more. Of course this takes a few seconds, but it pays rewards in that I have this instinctive feeling that I’ve captured a great picture, not just simply a snapshot.

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Canon 6D, 24-105mm f/4L. Multiple exposure done in-camera.

I find myself pre-visualizing more than I did in the past. Asking myself what I want to do with a scene that I wish to capture. I took a straight shot of the umbrellas in the picture above but it was, ordinary. Making a multiple exposure shot (thanks to my Canon 6D this was simple to achieve) makes the umbrellas more surreal…which was what I envisioned before taking the picture.

2 replies on “Passion”

Very much like the umbrella shot. I used to do multiple exposures with my Pentax LX in the ’90’s, which allowed you to “cock” the shutter without winding on the film. Works well in your image….I did study it for a good while before reading how you had done it.

Jim…ah yes, the good old days of film cameras. I remember doing the same thing as you did with my Canon AE-1 Program and A-1. Multiple exposure works well when it’s not overused.

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