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)
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.
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.