My beloved Canon G11 has been traded-in, replaced by an Olympus PEN Lite – a compact system camera with interchangeable lenses. Yes, I have stepped over the cliff, trusting the net really will appear.
As I wrote here, I have never had much interest in gear – in fact, photography equipment discussions make my eyes glaze over and my body to twitch. While I did put in the time learning how to operate my G11, I have always believed that it was the person pushing the shutter button that mattered the most in creating good images.
Of course, my equipment choice did impact the kind of images I could create – I can’t pretend otherwise. Not much in the way of out-of-focus backgrounds or beautiful bokeh or wide-angle views in my previous repertoire. I finally outgrew what I had and needed a new challenge.
And a challenge it is – learning how to operate this new piece of technology. Learning about lenses – wide-angle versus telephoto; prime versus zoom; selection of focal length. Questions I never had to consider with my G11 – it all makes my head spin.
It has been both exhilarating and frustrating in equal measure.
But I can sense that exhilaration is winning.
(The above image was taken on my first outing with the Olympus.)