Slowing Down

160710-204649-16JEH-EditI am slowing down in posting pictures while I decide what I really want to do.  Most of my pictures in the last few years were made while I tried different cameras, lenses, and techniques.  Now that those trials with new gear are winding down, and I am mostly photographing events, activities, and people here at Homewood, I need to decide what, where, and how to make photographs for this blog, or even if I wish to continue it.

There are only so many pretty images of flowers, scenes around Homewood, etc., and I get tired of making the same pictures as I walk the same routes, day after day.  I need to make images that mean something to me.  My images of people here at Homewood mean a lot to me, but I can’t post many of them due to privacy concerns.

Another feature of this blog, in the past, was that it was to a degree an encapsulation of what I saw on a daily basis; i.e. it was a visual diary.  I am not sure that I want to continue doing that since I don’t think it means much to most of my viewers, but it is a way to rationalize my photography.

My plans are to continue taking pictures for both my Homewood projects and for my personal interests.  I am hoping that I will be able to find those kinds of images that I enjoy to make and then that I will be able to formulate a rationale as to how I can continue this blog.

One idea that I have been exploring are the abstract details of things I see in vivid colors.  One of my primary issues with those types of images is that I prefer to use my micro 4/3 cameras with wider lenses, and that doesn’t work well for details since I can’t often get up close.   Longer focal length zoom lenses work best for detail photography, but are not necessary if I can get close.

I also like camera gear and using different cameras and lenses to see what I can make with them.  I like well-engineered equipment.  That probably evolved from my engineering education.  The issue I’m facing now is what to do if I stop buying new & different gear.  One possibility that I have revisited off and on over the years is trying to use just one camera and one lens and living with the challenge to see what I can make with them.  That really limits what I can make, but fits in with the concept of being a lifestyle photographer.  The problem was, I never managed to continue that practice long since I kept running out of things to photograph.

I enjoy my Homewood photography and I would like to expand it into other areas, especially if I could do it with one or two micro 4/3 prime lenses and manage to avoid privacy issues.  I’m thinking that my focus could be on lifestyle photography … what can be seen with a near normal lens without using special wide, or macro, or long focal length lenses.  My biggest issues with that style are privacy concerns of people and my lack of traveling to see new and different places.

Another aspect of my decision relative to my blog revolves around whether or not to continue with the focus of my blog being photography.  In the meanwhile, my “vision” is blurred as to how to proceed so I will slow down as I think more about it.