What’s new with my photography?
This weekend I decided to step out of my comfort zone and explore a location near my home, an old estate called the Knowlton Mansion, an old home with some interesting grounds including a barn, some horses, and a plethora of Bee Hives that I cannot wait to photograph in warm weather when they are buzzing with activity!
I took my Fuji X-t1 and the 35mm f2, as well as my new (inexpensive) vintage lens, a Multi Coated Super Takumar 35mm f3.5. I love adapting lenses for so many reasons, but primarily it has the effect of forcing me to slow down before I click the shutter in order to make sure the subject is in focus. During this pause it’s not that uncommon for me to consider the composition elements and then recompose (or take two images, one of each composition). In an age of fast, sharp AF lenses, this process of adapting older lenses has been a real boon as an unintentional behavior modifier.
Plus...I have a slough of cool old lenses to hunt for on ebay, in thrift shops, and at the flea market :)
I should be blogging weekly (at a minimum), but I get easily sidetracked by daily interruptions as they happen. I’m juggling my life, like so many people do, between work and family, staying/getting healthy (which for me includes the gym a few days a week), and finally my leisure time which includes a healthy dose of photography whenever possible.
This last week, I decided to add a podcast to that lineup of activities. Why? What on earth would drive me to want to do a podcast when I am still a bit behind on this blog, on my RPG blog, and with every aspect of social media? When I have so little free time to spare, why would I add what seems like a pretty time-intensive activity to my list?
Maybe I’m just a glutton for punishment…
When I take a long, honest look at myself and the reasons for starting the podcast, I guess I’m motivated by the same thing (in part) that got me interested in photography in the first place. Creativity. Ever since I picked up my camera earlier this year and started taking the process seriously, I’ve had an increased reserve of creativity.
As a player of D&D I have been lucky enough to be deeply engaged in a pastime that both encourages and generates a rather heavy dose of creativity. Whether as a player, or in most cases as the DM, the game has kept my creative juices flowing. If all of this is alien to you I apologize. We all find our creative outlets somewhere...and for many years this has been one of my primary methods of wrangling with my desire to create. I blog a great deal about my personal gaming experiences, as well as trying to bring some added value to the lives of other gamers on my blog here. It’s not required reading, but maybe you’re interested. D&D has had a big resurgence lately and perhaps you’re curious.
In any event, I like to share my thoughts on my creative pursuits. In the former instance, I have decades of experience and so it seems both easy and natural to share my points of view, as well as ideas I’ve generated to (hopefully) enhance the gaming experience of others. With Photography, it’s the exact opposite. I know very little, and don’t have a lot of folks to talk to who are, like me, new to making photographs. This is a new experience, and my impetus for sharing stems directly from that very specific world-view. I’m expressing what I’m experiencing, and at the same time I’m hoping to find others who are like me and like-minded.
In an internet filled to the brim with photography experts and long-time hobbyists with endless experience, knowledge, and wisdom...I’m reaching out to total noobs who, like me, are having this experience for the very first time. That’s what this site, the blog, and now the podcast aim to address. There are plenty of folks new to the game, and finding each other seems as important as paying some attention to the folks with more time behind the lens under their belts.
I hope you have some good shooting this week, and if you’re up for it, give the podcast a listen. Reach out, let me know you’ve listened, and what you think about the whole shebang...blog, podcast, website.
Maybe it’s too much of me. Even I get sick of me sometimes.