Perspective

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Definition of perspective:  “the technique or process of representing on a plane or curved surface the spatial relation of objects as they might appear to the eye; specifically :  representation in a drawing or painting of parallel lines as converging in order to give the illusion of depth and distance.”

I named my blog “Everchanging Perspective” to serve as a catch-all title for my changing ways of viewing life.  I wasn’t limiting my blog to the main definition as noted above, but it is a part of my personal perspective relative to how I see things.  I like to use long focal length lenses to collapse the visual space and that affects the illusion of depth and distance.  I also like to use my articulated LCDs to get down low and look at common everyday things in ways that not all people would look.  This gives them a different perspective on everyday objects.  I have also changed my perspectives relative to photography in terms of what cameras and lenses I use.

There was a time that I preferred prime lenses rather than zooms because the prime lenses were faster and lighter and had better image quality.  In needing to go with lighter and more ergonomic systems I started using shorter and shorter lenses to cut weight.  It finally reached the point where I considered giving up photography with long focal lengths and started thinking more and more about taking my pictures with prime lenses and fixed lens cameras like the Fuji X100 series and the Leica X2.  Cameras with only a few normal prime lenses worked well for me while traveling when I really needed to cut the weight … but then I stopped traveling internationally.  In addition those cameras work great for street photography in dense urban areas.  I don’t walk crowded streets.

When the bulk of my photography was done close to home, I went back to bigger and heavier cameras with relatively faster zoom lenses.  I still have my Canon 70D and mostly use it with the Sigma 17 – 70 mm, f/2.8 – 4 zoom lens for photographing events, etc. here.  I also still have my Leica X2 which I sometimes use on local trips when I need a light-weight camera.  Neither of the cameras was of much value to me when I took walks so I gave up most of my flower, local landscape, and other photography normally made with long focal length lenses while walking.  I also gave up most of my collapsed perspective images … until recently.

I acquired a Nikon 1 J5 camera with the 30 – 110 mm lens and have returned to making many of my personal images at an effective 297 mm focal length.  I like them and I plan to continue with them for a while.  If you have followed my blog for several years, you have noted that I often change my cameras and lenses, so my current situation, perspective, etc. might not last for long.  I like to change; need to change.