- Jul 17, 2010
- Bill Shinnick
I've cropped two shots and 'cheated' once but won't do it again - full confession on the last day
Excellent point, well expressed....My main issue with the SiJ is that what I've posted so far has not much in common with what I actually shoot and care about but generally don't feel like posting anywhere. That somehow reduces the SiJ to some sort of a practical tour de force but at the same time the specific circumstances offer insights and reflections from a different angle and to me that's the main benefit of this exercise...
I agree in principle - though I've stuck with the S95 up to now *on digital*; my relief is film. I got my hands on two really amazing cameras in the last couple of weeks, and I'm exploring new genres and techniques (low-light film photography, medium format portraiture (to come), rangefinder street photography - the real thing, not a simulation ...).I'm ok, that's due to 1) doing it last year, going (suffering?) the whole month for the first time makes it easier the following year 2) the daily threads, 3) more participants, if you're doing it, you need to see others actively involved, that does help and 4) not sticking to my S95 for the whole month. I mean I do use it every day for SIJ, but you need to release yourself from that and use your other gear as you normally would outside of SIJ. That helps too.
I certainly miss my other gear - and I'll find new joy in using what I have after restricting myself for a month; feels kind of like the opposite of GAS ... we'll see how it turns outI haven't shot with other gear than my designated SIJ gear (EM1, 25 1.2). It feel that helps in seeing the limitations and opportunities the "one camera, one lens" routine faces you with, especially since I selected a fixed focal length. That said, this is a focal length I've spent 20 years with without complaining (I used to shoot with just a film SLR and fast normal 50). It's the digital age that spoiled me with options, and somehow it feels great to have a period of limitations. Sometimes I do sit down behind my desk and take out my usual daily gear (Pen-F and small primes), and I'm amazed at how light it feels compared to the EM1 and the large 25 1.2.
I did think hard about a theme this year, since I hoped this would help me in staying on track, and I tried to pick a theme that fitted the selected gear. So far it all works as planned. I just switched from SOOC JPEG to RAW. My theme does ask for geometrical corrections sometimes, and I find the RAW images just give me more latitude and result in a more pleasing look. So far I have photographed 19 filling stations, only 11 more and one collage to go.
On another note, this month so far did not cure me of gas. The 25 did show me how versatile a focal length the 25 gives me, and I am thinking that I could add the 12-100 f4 to my stable, in order to have a two camera / two lens travelling solution (EM1 with 12-100 / Pen-F with 25 1.2), where I also have a gear failing solution. Thing is, I also have the 12-40 and 40-150, which I think I'd prefer for most other scenarios. An expensive 12-100 just for travelling leaves me pondering. And what about that 7-14, wouldn't that give some new perspectives to my photography? And what about.... It never stops.
Thanks, Marlof.Still Ken, your efforts have delivered some of my favorite entries.
The whole country is not for me, (no) sorry . Got some good friends here but never liked the 'system' and culture too much (to keep it mildly). Can't wait to get the hell out of here, back to my island.You should consider a move to East Frisia...
Same here, Martin. I spent way too much time and $$$ over the past few years buying and selling cameras and lenses by Sony, Olympus, Pentax, and Fuji. Shang-ri-la in Camera-land does not exist, IMO. Having just purchased a Fuji X-T1 - for the second time - I keep asking myself "Why did I ever sell this camera?" GAS, wanderlust, etc. SiJ has helped me to just focus on creativity and less on gear.I was pleased to spend 2 weeks in the company of the RX100. I wanted to try out the K30/18-135 combo and now I've done that - it's a very good set up indeed when you feel like having an SLR and big lens with you, but that is not very often in my case. So back to the RX100 from now on. I think I've only succeeded in proving to myself that my seemingly never-ending quest for the perfect kit is still ongoing. It's a bit like the questin' beast in Sword in the Stone!