It’s a Conundrum
I thought a new camera would change things. That my photography would evolve – influenced by different optics and challenged by unfamiliar equipment.
I understand that it is still me behind this new lens; still me pushing the shutter button.
But I always wondered how much of my “style” was dictated by the technical limitations of my equipment. It isn’t so much that I want to change as expand.
For example, even though I can now throw the background out-of-focus, I can’t quite figure out how to use this in my images. For so long, except in Macro mode, shallow depth of field was outside the technical capabilities of my camera. As a result, I trained myself to see in other ways; to look for different ways to visually express myself.
And while those past technical restrictions strengthened the way I DO see – and for that I am grateful – I’m finding it difficult to see in new ways.
It’s as if I still reside within the narrow box of the old constraints, taking the same images, composed in the same ways.
And I ask myself – how much of that is my unique “me-ness” and how much is my fear of learning new ways?
It IS a conundrum.
I’ll let you know.