A few months back, I bought a new (cheap) lens for my camera and sold my giant, heavy super nice expensive one. Had I been posting more regularly you may have noticed a change in the quality of my photography since then. The sheer weight of the old lens prevented me from using the better camera.
I have a Canon Digital Rebel camera body, a rather nice consumer DSLR and I always knew I’d love it if only I used it. When I bought the camera, I bought a giant, all-purpose lens. It literally weighed more than the camera body and doubled the size of the camera. It also instilled in me an irrational fear of using it in case I broke it.
A few months back I bought a 50 quid 50mm fixed lens. Yes, zoom is nice, but I get the majority of shots I would have gotten anyway, but for which I would have used the lower-quality camera. I’m actually using the better camera now because it’s lighter and I’m less afraid of breaking it. It can be a bit of a challenge to get the right shots, but it’s a fun challenge and I’m getting different types of shots than I did when I had more control.
I’ve also rediscovered my shameless love of high contrast black and white photos (and cemeteries).
In other news, I’ve been reading Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami. If you know what I’m talking about you may recognise the style of the title and perhaps be thinking about paperclips a lot! A Wild Sheep Chase had me overthinking ears for a while. Great author- reminiscent of Truman Capote with a lot more Weird.