Relative to my older post on “Pondering Minimal Photography”, I have been thinking: Why constrain myself to a camera or lens or monochrome? My biggest constraint is my location and available things to photograph. Isn’t that enough? Additional constraints would just limit my opportunities for photography. In addition, I get tired of doing the same thing over and over. I don’t need to make it worse. I have therefore decided to not limit myself anymore than necessary and to continue trying different ways of photographing. I will try to concentrate on some varieties and to make collections of different things in different ways and see what happens; i.e., I might fall naturally into patterns for periods of time and eventually into one style over a longer period.
One thing I will stick with for now is to use my Olympus E-M5 III camera so that I can take advantage of the available smaller lighter lenses.
I have been comparing images made with the 14-150mm zoom lens against the 25mm f/1.8 lens and I am satisfied with the image quality at 25mm focal length with both lenses. The advantages of the 25mm lens are in being able to keep the ISO lower in darker situations or to increase the blurring of the background. I will therefore use both lenses and choose the one that I prefer depending on the environment.
I will continue working on monochrome images but I will also be working on color images. I will vary my approach depending upon the scene, the lighting, what I feel works best, and the theme/idea/process I’m photographing for the post.
My problem has been that I haven’t had a goal in mind for pursuing photography. Lately, I have had no purpose or reason and therefore I haven’t been able to pick a lens or style, etc.
As David duChemin says, I would like to photograph ideas and work on bodies of work. But which ideas? I’m thinking about utilizing my knowledge about the future and the evolving processes I see, and then write about them using images that I make for some posts. These may be far and few between. I’ll just have to see what I can do.
Other posts will be of things I see around Homewood that others might not have seen since they hadn’t been where I had been at the same time.